Digital Offset Printing Plates Anti-Dumping Duty from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam – Final Findings

·      Marginal increase in the Case of China, Japan and Korea

·      Duty Cut on Taiwan and Vietnam

[Notification No. 21/2020-CUSTOMS (ADD) dated 29th July 2020]

Whereas, in the matter of “Digital Offset Printing Plates” (hereinafter referred to as the “subject goods‟), falling under sub-headings 8442 50 and tariff items 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90 of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975) (hereinafter referred to as the “Customs Tariff Act‟), originating in, or exported from People’s Republic of China, Japan, Korea RP, Taiwan and Vietnam (hereinafter referred to as the “subject countries”), and imported into India, the designated authority in its preliminary findings published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, vide notification number 6/7/2019- DGTR dated the 3rd October, 2019, had recommended imposition of provisional anti-dumping duty on the imports of subject goods, originating in, or exported from the subject countries;

And, whereas, on the basis of the aforesaid findings of the designated authority, the Central Government had imposed provisional anti-dumping duty on the subject goods vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No. 02/2020-Customs (ADD), dated the 30th January, 2020, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide number G.S.R. 58 (E), dated the 30th January, 2020;

And, whereas, the designated authority in its final findings vide notification number 6/7/2019-DGTR dated 15th May, 2020, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 15th May, 2020, has come to the conclusion that-

(a) there is substantial increase in imports of subject goods from subject counties in absolute terms as well as in relation to production and consumption in India;

(b) the subject goods have been exported to India from the subject countries below normal value;

(c) the domestic industry has suffered material injury on account of subject imports from the subject countries; and

(d) the injury has been caused by the dumped imports of the subject goods from the subject countries,

and has recommended imposition of definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of the subject goods, originating in, or exported from subject countries and imported into India, in order to remove injury to the domestic industry.

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (5) of section 9A of the Customs Tariff Act, read with rules 18 and 20 of the Customs Tariff (Identification, Assessment and Collection of Anti-dumping Duty on Dumped Articles and for Determination of Injury) Rules, 1995, and in supersession of the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No. 2/2020-Customs (ADD), dated the 30th January, 2020, published vide number G.S.R 58(E), dated the 30th January, 2020, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government, after considering the aforesaid final findings of the designated authority, hereby imposes on the subject goods, the description of which is specified in column (3) of the Table below, falling under sub-heading or tariff items of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act as specified in the corresponding entry in column (2), originating in the countries as specified in the corresponding entry in column (4), exported from the countries as specified in the corresponding entry in column (5), produced by the producers as specified in the corresponding entry in column (6), imported into India, an anti-dumping duty at the rate equal to the amount specified in the corresponding entry in column (7), in the currency as specified in the corresponding entry in column (9) and as per unit of measurement as specified in the corresponding entry in column (8) of the said Table, namely :-

Table

Sl. No

Sub-heading/tariff item

Description

Country of origin

Country of export

Producer

Amount

Unit

Currency

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

1.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

People’s Republic of China

People’s Republic of China

Lucky Huaguang Graphics Co. Ltd.

0.55

sqm

US Dollar

2.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

People’s Republic of China

People’s Republic of China

Kodak China Graphic Communications Co. Ltd.

Nil

sqm

US Dollar

3.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

People’s Republic of China

People’s Republic of China

Shanghai Strong State Printing Equipment Limited and M/s. Anhui Strong State Printing Materials Ltd.

0.60

sqm

US Dollar

4.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

People’s Republic of China

People’s Republic of China

Fujifilm Printing Plate (China) Co. Ltd.

Nil

sqm

US Dollar

5.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

People’s Republic of China

People’s Republic of China

Any other producer except S. No. 1 to 4 mentioned above in column no. (6)

0.77

sqm

US Dollar

6.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

People’s Republic of China

Any country other than People’s Republic of China

Any

0.77

sqm

US Dollar

7.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Korea RP

Korea RP

Jeil C&P Co. Ltd.

0.15

sqm

US Dollar

8.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Korea RP

Korea RP

Any other producer except Jeil C&P Co. Ltd.

0.37

sqm

US Dollar

9.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Korea RP

Any country other than Korea RP

Any

0.37

sqm

US Dollar

10.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Japan

Japan

Fujifilm Corporation

0.13

sqm

US Dollar

11.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Japan

Japan

Any other producer except Fujifilm Corporation

0.27

sqm

US Dollar

12.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Japan

Any country other than Japan

Any

0.27

sqm

US Dollar

13.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Vietnam

Vietnam

Any

0.60

sqm

US Dollar

14.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Vietnam

Any country other than Vietnam

Any

0.60

sqm

US Dollar

15.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Taiwan

Taiwan

Any

0.41

sqm

US Dollar

16.

8442 50, 3701 30 00, 3704 00 90, 3705 00 00, 7606 11 90, 7606 91 90, 7606 92 90

Digital Offset Printing Plates

Taiwan

Any country other than Taiwan

Any

0.41

sqm

US Dollar

The subject goods mentioned in column (3) in the above Table does not include waterless CtP Plates used for printing on specialised materials such as credit card, security card etc. and not on paper.

2. The anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall be effective for a period of five years (unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier) from the aforesaid date of imposition of the provisional anti-dumping duty, that is, the 30th January, 2020 and shall be payable in Indian currency:

Explanation. - For the purposes of this notification, -

(a) “landed value” of imports means the assessable value as determined by the customs under the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) and includes all duties of customs except duties levied under sections 3, 3A, 8B, 9 and 9A of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975;

(b) rate of exchange applicable for the purpose of calculation of such anti-dumping duty shall be the rate which is specified in the notification of the Government of India, in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), issued from time to time, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and the relevant date for the determination of the rate of exchange shall be the date of presentation of the bill of entry under section 46 of the said Customs Act, 1962.

[F. No. 354/165/2019-TRU]