Pakistan’s National Tariff Commission has commenced an anti-dumping probe on cold-rolled coils or sheets imported into the country, originating from the European Union, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam, as per media reports citing a notice released by the commission.
The products allegedly being dumped into the country are flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel of width of 600mm or more, cold-rolled, not clad, plated or coated (CR coils/sheets), of prime and secondary quality, of a thickness ranging from 0.15 mm to 3.00 mm in rolls or slit to length sheets, excluding CR coils or sheets used in auto skins and auto grades.
The tariff codes of products involved in the anti-dumping case under the Pakistan Customs are 7209.1510, 7209.1590, 7209.1610, 7209.1690, 7209.1710, 7209.1790, 7209.1810, 7209.1891, 7209.1899, 7209.2510, 7209.2590, 7209.2610, 7209.2690, 7209.2710, 7209.2790, 7209.2810, and 7209.2890.
The probe was launched at the behest of domestic producers Aisha Steel Mills Limited from Karachi and International Steel Limited from Karachi on December 28, 2020, under Section 20 of the Anti-Dumping Duties Act, 2015.
They have alleged that the CR coils and sheets are imported into Pakistan at dumped prices from the concerned countries and are harming the domestic industry.
The commission informed that it is satisfied by the evidence and information provided by the complainants to merit an investigation. The investigation will determine whether the said products have caused and or are causing damage to the domestic industry.
The investigation period for the probe is from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020.