KUALA LUMPUR (March 29): Putrajaya is initiating a sunset review on the anti-dumping measures imposed on imports of cellulose fibre reinforced cement flat and pattern sheets (FCB) from Thailand, according to the Ministry of Intenrational Trade and Industry.
The move came after domestic producer Hume Cemboard Industries Sdn Bhd petitioned the Government to do an administrative review on the anti-dumping measures.
"The petitioner alleged that imports of FCB originating in or imported from Thailand is being dumped at a price much lower than their domestic selling price and wants the Government of Malaysia to continue the imposition of anti-dumping duties on FCB from Thailand.
"The petitioner further claimed that imports from the alleged markets have increased and the domestic industry suffered material injury. The Government has evaluated and considered the evidence of dumping, injury and the causal link, and decided to initiate an administrative review (sunset review) investigation on imports of FCB from the alleged country," MITI said in a statement today.
It said a final determination on the investigation will be made within 180 days from the date the review started.
"If the final determination is affirmative, the Government will impose an anti-dumping duty at the rate that is necessary to prevent further injury to the domestic industry," it said.
A set of questionnaires will be provided to interested parties — importers, foreign producers/exporters and trade associations — in connection with the investigation.
"Other interested parties may request for the questionnaires no later than April 8, 2019. Interested parties may also provide additional supporting evidence to MITI before April 22, 2019. In the event no response is received within the specified period, the Government will make its preliminary findings based on the best facts available," MITI added.