In a move that will surely benefit the domestic tile makers, the Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain floor and wall tiles from China. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).
Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Review investigation of the Designated Authority, the revenue department has imposed an anti dumping duty of $ 1.87 per square metre on porcelain/vitrified tiles with less than 3 per cent water absorption on all imports from China. The move will be valid for five years.
However, such tiles produced by Foshan Chancheng Jinyi Ceramics Co Ltd and Xin Xing Zhisheng Ceramics Co Ltd will be an exception to the duty as here the anti dumping duty has been pegged at ‘nil’ rate.
Notably, the first anti-dumping duty on on porcelain/vitrified tiles was imposed in 2016 for five years which was later extended couple of times till Feb 2022.
The Sunset Review Investigation is a result of the petition filed by Gujarat Granito Manufacturers Association, Indian Council for Ceramic Tiles and Sanitaryware, Morbi Ceramics Association and Sabarkantha District Ceramics Association.
Benefits to the domestic manufacturers
The move will not only control the Chinese products in the tile market but also beneficial for domestic tile makers including Kajaria Tiles and Somany Ceramics.