A petition has been filed by a Chinese company, Hangzhou Huawang New Materials Technology Company through its advocate Abhishek Mehta in the Gujarat High Court challenging a notification issued by the ministry of commerce and industries last month stipulating four-five times higher anti-dumping duty, making it’s product costlier than the product of other manufacturers.
The company has stated that the excessive duty has led to gross prejudice and travesty of justice as for them the anti-dumping duty is $542 per MT, whereas for other manufacturers hardly few km away in the same area in China, it is only $110-$116 per MT for the same product.
In fact, while investigationg, the Commerce ministry had issued a questionnaire to four Chinese companies, including the petitioner, through the Chinese embassy in India. After the due procedure, the ministry declared the company as a non-cooperative party and imposed the anti-dumping duty .
One of the biggest exporters to India for decorative base paper, the Chinese company’s local sole agent and distributor in the city is Fakirsons Papchem Pvt Ltd. Décor paper is used in decorative material, industrial laminates, plywood, particle board, MDF and printing industries.
The company raised a grievance that the ministry ignored its submissions put up during the hearing and imposed the duty. The lawyer for the central government sought time to file a reply. The next date of hearing has been fixed for November 16.