Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
10-August-2015 16:00 IST
Chinese Imports

The Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are facing tough competition from cheap Chinese products as is evident in high growth of India’s imports from China. As per information compiled from Director General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics in respect of 12 major product groups, largely manufactured by MSMEs in India whose imports from China grew at a higher rate than their respective imports from All Countries combined during 2011-12 to 2014-15. As these 12 product groups accounted for 74% of India’s total imports from China in 2014-15, a significant proportion of Indian MSMEs are seem to be adversely affecting from Chinese imports.

These product groups pertain to Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical and Metallurgical products on the one hand and Chemical, Glass & Ceramics based products on the other.

The Government has been imposing anti-dumping duties, permitted under the WTO, for restricting imports when such imports have been established as unfairly affecting the market for goods and services produced by Indian industries. This mechanism is operated by Directorate General of Anti Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD).

As per Foreign Trade Policy-2015-20, domestic laws /rules/orders/regulations/technical specifications/environmental/ safety and health norms are applicable to domestically produced goods, mutatis mutandis, to imports unless specifically exempted. Government also imposes Safeguard duties to protect domestic industries against a surge of imports from other countries. This mechanism is operated by Directorate General of Safeguards (DGSG).

The Government has been implementing various schemes/programmes to deal with this problem and help the micro, small and medium enterprises for effectively competing with imports from China and other countries. Some of these schemes/programmes include National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP); Credit Guarantee Scheme; Credit Linked Capital subsidy Scheme; Cluster Development Programme; Market Development Assistance Scheme and Vendor Development Programme for Ancillarisation. These schemes/programmes help MSMEs growth, increase their competitiveness to challenge cheap Chinese imports in the country.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Shri Kalraj Mishra in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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  1. A K Swaminathan says:

    I hope the Government should wake up bit early to avoid all these. Not only the imports affecting the MSMe’s in India, but also a new trend is being followed by so many multi national companies which are undertaking works that are not related to their core business. For instance, maintenance contracts are done by our local engineers. Now-a-days, multi national companies are also venturing into this area under the premise that they will be delivering a good maintenance of server rooms. These works are being done by our local engineers. By this advent of these multinationals, they are not doing these jobs directly but they sub contract it and in the name of monitoring, they make our engineers to sweat both in profit and also in terms of work. A full length investigation would bring a lot more stories like this and would do justice to our Indian nationals.

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