Surat (Gujarat) [India], November 25: Call it a collective effort of the textile industry in Surat, the Union Government has decided not to import anti-dumping duty on the polyester spun yarn imported from China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), the Federation of Indian Art Silk Weaving Industry (FIASWI), the Pandesara Weavers’ Cooperative Society, and the Federation of Gujarat Weavers’ Association had jointly opposed the anti-dumping duty recommended by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) following the representation from the yarn spinners in the country.
A meeting was chaired in New Delhi by Textile Secretary Upendra Prasad Singh, which was attended by SGCCI’s president, Ashish Gujarati, Mayur Golwala of the Pandesara Weavers Co-operative society and eight polyesters spun yarn manufacturers from the country. Gujarati and Golwala had made an effective representation before the Textiles Secretary, giving the detailed view on not imposing the anti-dumping duty on polyester spun yarn.
The MMF center in Surat consumes about 8,000 metric tonnes (MT) of PSY per month. Many small and medium-scale power loom weavers have been weaving fabric using the PSY.
According to the investigation by the DGTR, there are about 239 producers of PSY in India with the annual production pegged at over 408 million kg. Against this, the import of virgin PSY from China, Nepal, Indonesia, and Vietnam has increased 972% from 2015 to 2020. However, imports from Vietnam alone have increased by a mammoth 107 times.
Ashish Gujarati, president of, SGCCI told TBT, “The three months deadline for imposing anti-dumping duty on PSY ended on November 18. The government is yet to come out with the notification, which means they have withdrawn their decision to impose the duty. This has come as a big relief for Surat’s powerloom weavers”