On December 7, 2023, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) of India issued an official notice regarding the acceptance of a request for a countervailing investigation on tempered coated and uncoated glass products originating from or imported from Vietnam.
The investigated goods include textured tempered coated and uncoated glass products classified under HS codes 7003.1990, 7005.1010, 7005.1090, 7005.2190, 7005.2990, 7005.3090, 7007.1900, 7007.2190, 7007.2900, 7016.9000, 7020.0090, and 8541.4011.
According to the information from the petitioner, Borosil Renewable Limited, the manufacturer/exporter from Vietnam, is allegedly receiving significant subsidies from the Vietnamese government and/or other authorized agencies as defined in the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.
The import of subsidized products is causing or threatening to cause material injury to the manufacturers/exporters of such products in India.
Additionally, as per Article 13 of the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the government of Vietnam is invited to consult with the government of India. Since the investigation is set to begin on December 31, 2023, the investigating authority is responsible for making a decision before the deadline.
Consultations are scheduled to take place on December 18, 2023, at 12:30 PM (IST). If the government of Vietnam wishes to consult with the government of India, the request can be submitted in writing. The consultation will be conducted online, and the meeting link will be shared with relevant parties upon receiving the official consultation request.
The consultation will not affect the initiation of the investigation, the conduct of the case, and subsequent procedures. However, it will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to express their views on the case, offer in-depth perspectives, and explore feasible cooperation steps.
India initiates a subsidy investigation on tempered coated and uncoated glass from Vietnam
The subsidy investigation period is from April 2020 to March 2023.
The injury investigation period is from June 2022 to June 2023.
Currently, DGTR has confirmed the completeness and validity of the request for investigation. However, this announcement is not the official initiation of the investigation.
In the event of a decision to initiate the investigation, DGTR will publicly announce it in the national Gazette and issue the investigation questionnaire to the exporting country’s government, as well as foreign manufacturers, exporters, and importers in India, to gather relevant information and documents on the case.
To protect their interests, stakeholders involved in the production and export of the investigated products to India from 2020 to the present should contact the investigating authority and legal consulting firms with expertise and experience promptly.
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