India: float glass sector wants permanent anti-dumping duty

Indian float glass manufacturers are hoping that the provisional anti-dumping duty introduced by Government on float glass imported from China and Indonesia will become permanent.
In response to rep…

Indian float glass manufacturers are hoping that the provisional anti-dumping duty introduced by Government on float glass imported from China and Indonesia will become permanent. In response to representations from the float glass industry, the Designated Authority in the Commerce Ministry imposed a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports from China and Indonesia in 2002. The petition was filed by the All India Float Glass Manufacturers Association with Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd and FloatGlass India Ltd agreeing to participate in the investigations. Gujarat Guardian also gave its support to the petition. “We have pleaded with the Government and proved a case for anti-dumping duty. The Government is studying the case for levying a permanent duty,” said Mr B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India, and President, All India Float Glass Manufacturers Association. The provisional duty ranges from USD 60 to USD 90 per tonne of imported clear and tinted float glass. According to Mr Santhanam, the Chinese and Indonesian float glass was being imported at “absolutely ridiculous” prices of between USD 150-USD 180 CIF; Indian manufacturers export float glass at USD 250 – USD 260 CIF. The first stage of the process is the provisional dumping duty. The next step is Government confirmation of the provisional duty and its extension for five years or so. According to Mr Santhanam, China has a large number of mini-float glass units. Saint-Gobain, the French multinational, of which Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd is a subsidiary, also has a float glass plant in China.