Philippine glass “dumping” investigation to include float glass

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has added to the list of types of imported glass that will come under investigation. The DTI said on 8 May 2003 that it would look into the “dumpi…

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has added to the list of types of imported glass that will come under investigation. The DTI said on 8 May 2003 that it would look into the “dumping” (sale at below cost price) of imported clear and tinted float glass in the Philippines market following a request by Asahi Glass Philippines, the country“s largest glass manufacturer. Asahi had originally asked for safeguards against the importation of patterned glass and glass mirrors. It has now asked the DTI to investigate the import of clear and tinted float glass as well. Asahi said increased imports have contributed significantly to the serious difficulties suffered by the Philippine glass industry. The company added that imports have affected market share and this has translated into loss of sales, lower production and retrenchment. DTI Secretary Manuel A. Roxas said there were reasonable grounds to look into glass imports. DTI data showed that patterned glass – used mostly for window, partitions, screens, doors and fluorescent fixtures – came mainly from China, Thailand and South Africa.