Native firms spar over plan to impose anti-dumping obligation on optic fibre

A bitter struggle has damaged out amongst home optic fibre cable (OFC) makers, following a probe by the Division of Commerce into alleged dumping of fibre and a attainable transfer to impose an anti-dumping obligation on it.

Some Indian optic fibre cable producers, akin to HFCL, and trade physique Telecom Tools and Providers Export Promotion Council (TEPC) mentioned anti-dumping obligation on the single-mode fibre that they use to provide optic fibre cable would escalate prices, making a “handful of enormous gamers” rake in earnings. However the likes of STL and Birla Furukawa Fibre Optics have backed the federal government’s transfer, saying it could assist increase native manufacturing.

The ministry’s investigation arm is evaluating imposing anti-dumping obligation on the import of single-mode optical fibre from China, Korea and Indonesia, in keeping with the commerce division. “It isn’t applicable to impose anti-dumping obligation on optical fibre; Indian manufacturing capability just isn’t sufficient in comparison with demand. Furthermore, there isn’t a dumping occurring from any nation,” HFCL managing director Mahendra Nahata advised ET.

“Home producers are elevating costs by 30-50% from earlier contracts and revisiting outdated provide contracts. They may use dumping obligation to create market monopoly, and ultimately kill different firms,” mentioned Sandeep Aggarwal, chairman of TEPC.

STL, nonetheless, desires such a levy to be imposed. “STL has been participating with the related authorities to create a degree taking part in subject for home gamers,” its MD Ankit Agarwal mentioned.
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