Pakistan has imposed preliminary anti-dumping duties of 6.87-14.75% on tinplate imports from China, the EU, South Africa and the US for a period of four months from 30 January.
The investigation was initiated last August following a request from Pakistani producer Siddiqsons Tinplate (see Kallanish passim). The product under investigation is tinplate of a width of 600mm or more and a thickness of less than 0.5mm, falling under HS codes 7210.1210 and 7210.1290.
No exporter/foreign producer provided the requisite information requested by the National Tariff Commission (NTC). NTC “… has on preliminary basis established that the domestic industry suffered material injury on account of significant increase in volume of dumped imports, significant price undercutting, price suppression by the dumped imports, decline in market share, ROI, productivity and negative effects on inventories, and capacity utilisation,” NTC observes.
Product from China has been levied with a 6.87% duty, the EU has received a 10.88% duty, the US a 12.27% duty, and South Africa a 14.75% tariff.
Siddiqsons Tinplate said last year it plans to establish a 200,000 tonnes/year capacity cold rolling mill by mid-2020 in order to secure feedstock for tinplate production and improve competitiveness. It also filed a legal challenge against Pakistan’s cold rolled coil anti-dumping duty.