In the matter of review of anti-dumping duty on import of O-Acid


G.S.R. (E).- Whereas, in the matter of review of anti-dumping duty on import of O-Acid, falling under Chapter 29 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 China PR (hereinafter referred to as the subject country) and imported into India, the designated authority vide its final findings notification No.14/31/2016-DGAD, dated the 19th December, 2017, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 19th December, 2017, had recommended imposition of the anti-dumping duty on O-Acid originating in or exported from subject country. And whereas, on the basis of the aforesaid findings of the designated authority, the Central Government had imposed an anti-dumping duty on subject goods originating in or exported from the subject country, vide, notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No.6/2018-Customs (ADD), dated the 12th March, 2018, published vide number G.S.R. 220(E) in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-Section (i), dated the 12th March, 2018; And whereas, the designated authority, vide notification No.7/14/2018-DGAD, dated the 4th May, 2018, in the matter of circumvention of the anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of O-Acid, had initiated an investigation to determine the need for extending anti-dumping duty imposed on the imports of O-Acid originating in or exported from the subject country, vide, notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No.6/2018-Customs (ADD), dated the 12th March, 2018, to the imports of “Ofloxacin Ester (O-Ester)” (hereinafter referred to as the subject goods) falling under tariff item 2934 99 00 of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, originating in or exported from the subject country.
And whereas, the designated authority in its final findings, published vide notification No.7/14/2018-DGAD, dated the 24th October, 2018, in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, has come to the conclusion that-
(i) the anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of O- Acid, originating and exported from China PR vide Customs Notification No. 6/2018-Customs (ADD) dated 12th March, 2018 was circumvented through exports of O-Ester from China PR in accordance with rule 25 (3) of the Customs Tariff (Identification, Assessment and Collection of Anti-dumping Duty on Dumped Articles and for Determination of Injury) Rules, 1995 (AD Rules). The imports of O-Ester in India constitute circumvention of ADD earlier imposed on imports of O-Acid;
(ii) O- Ester has been exported at dumped prices during the Period of Investigation;
(iii) O-Ester exports from China has undermined the existing Anti-dumping measure on
imports of O-Acid origination in or exported from China PR vide notification No. 6/20018-Customs (ADD) dated 12th March, 2018,
and has recommended extension of existing anti-dumping duty on “O-Acid” originating in or exported from the China PR and imposed vide, notification No.6/2018-Customs (ADD), dated the 12th March, 2018 to the imports originating and exported from the China PR of subject goods;