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India Initiates Anti-Dumping Investigation on Imports of Pretilachlor from China

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06 April 2024, New Delhi: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerce, and Directorate General of Trade Remedies have announced the initiation of an anti-dumping investigation on imports of “Pretilachlor in any of its form & its intermediate – 2,6-Diethyl-n-(2-propoxy ethyl) Aniline (also known as PEDA)” originating from China. The investigation follows an application filed by India Pesticides Limited, representing the domestic industry, citing alleged material injury and a threat thereof caused by dumped imports from China. 

Product Under Consideration

The investigation focuses on Pretilachlor in any of its forms and its intermediate, 2,6-diethyl-n-(2-propoxy ethyl) aniline (PEDA). Pretilachlor is a colorless and odorless liquid chemical used in the production of herbicide formulations for weed control in rice cultivation. The primary raw materials required for its production are 2-Propoxyethyl Chloride and 2,6-Diethyl Aniline. PEDA, in turn, undergoes processing with Chloro Acetyl Chloride and Soda Ash to produce Pretilachlor in its technical form. Pretilachlor is widely used in Indian agriculture as a herbicide, specifically in rice cultivation. 

Allegations and Request for Anti-Dumping Duty

India Pesticides Limited alleges that the domestic industry is suffering material injury due to the dumped imports of the subject goods from China. Consequently, they have requested the imposition of anti-dumping duty on these imports to safeguard the interests of the domestic industry.

Subject Country and Period of Investigation

China is identified as the subject country in this anti-dumping investigation. The period of investigation (POI) adopted for the investigation is from 1st October 2022 to 30th September 2023, covering a duration of 12 months. The injury investigation period spans from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022, 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023, and the POI.

Eligibility of the Applicant

India Pesticides Limited, the applicant, claims to be a producer of both Pretilachlor and PEDA and asserts the requisite standing to file the present application. The applicant is not related to any producers/exporters in the subject country or any importers of the subject goods in India.

The initiation of this anti-dumping investigation reflects India’s commitment to ensuring fair trade practices and protecting its domestic industry from the adverse effects of dumped imports. The Directorate General of Trade Remedies will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the existence and extent of dumping, the consequent impact on the domestic industry, and the appropriate measures to address the situation.

Note: This news is based on the initiation notification released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerce, and Directorate General of Trade Remedies on 29th March 2024 (Case No. OI-29/2023).

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