Indian government has imposed anti-dumping duty on import of ceramic table and kitchenware items from China to protect domestic industry against goods being sold at below normal value. The government issued a notification imposing the anti-dumping duty of $1.04 per kg on import of ceramic tableware and kitchenware, excluding knives and toilet items from China. The anti-dumping duty imposed shall be levied for a period not exceeding six months (unless revoked, amended or superseded earlier).
Government of India has imposed provisional anti-dumping duty on certain vitrified/porcelain tiles from China through its ministry of finance.
The revenue department has imposed provisional anti dumping duty of $ 1.37 per square metre on "glazed/unglazed porcelain/vitrified tiles in polished or unpolished finish with less than 3 percent water absorption. The provisional anti dumping duty will be valid for six months.
Gujarat Granito Manufacturers' Association and Sabarkantha District Ceramic Association had filed the petition seeking levy of anti-dumping duty on such vitrified tiles imports from China.
Tile Industry in Morbi is facing tough time with excess capacity. The tile industry capacity which went up by 30% and the No. of units increased from 300 to 425 over the last year. Coupled with the slack of demand estimated at 40%, many units are functioning with 60% capacity utilization. The industry also faces cheaper imports from China. Cheaper gas or coal gas will provide the industry an opportunity to have a equal platform on par with China. Further, fluctuating fuel prices have made competition against China harder on the international front. The price difference between China and India per tile are in the range of Rs. 30-35.