ANNOUNCEMENT 23 May 2012In May 2012, the government of India initiated a new safeguard investigation.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Government of India, Directorate General of Safeguards, Initiation of safeguard investigation concerning imports of Dioctyl Phthalate (DOP) into India, 23.05.2012:
Government of India, Directorate General of Safeguards, Safeguard investigation concerning imports of Dioctyl Phthalate (DOP) - Final findings, 16.11.2012:
WTO, Committee on Safeguards, Notification under Article 12.1 (B) of the Agreement on Safeguards, Notification of a Proposal to Impose a Measure, India, Dioctyl Phthalate (DOP), 03.12.2012 (Document G/SG/N/8/IND/23, G/SG/N/10/IND/14, G/SG/N/11/IND/9):
On May 23, 2012, the Indian Directorate General of safeguards initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of dioctyl phthalate.
The product subject to investigation is classified under the following HS code: 2917.3920.
This follows the application lodged by M/s KLJ Plasticizers Ltd., M/s N K Polymers & Additives Mfg Co., M/s Payal Polyplast Ltd. and M/s PCL Oil & Solvents Ltd., which account for 91% of the domestic production of the subject good.
According to the UN Comtrade Database, in 2011 the following countries exported goods classified under HS code subheading 2917.39 to India with a trade value over USD 1 million: South Korea (USD 34.14 million), China (USD 18.78 million), Singapore (USD 12.73 million), Belgium (USD 4.80 million), Malaysia (USD 4.42 million), the United States of America (USD 4.08 million), Spain (USD 3.97 million), Japan (USD 3.86 million) and Germany (USD 1.24 million).
On November 16, 2012, the Indian Directorate General of safeguards issued its final findings and recommended the imposition of a definitive safeguard duty for a period of 2 years, at a rate of 15% the first year and 10% the second year.
As of October 28, 2014, the Indian Ministry of Finance has not issued the Customs Notification imposing this definitive safeguard duty yet.