Indian Paper Manufacturers Association demands higher duties on paper imports

10 Jul 2020 − 

The Indian paper association is concerned about the competitive strength of domestic paper mills in the face of cheap imports from China and other Asian countries and suggests measures to provide a level playing field.

With paper and board imports rising and especially since the coronavirus outbreak, Indian paper manufacturers have come under even greater pressure, says IPMA, the Indian Paper Manufacturers Associatin. The association has therefore written to the Indian Ministry of Commerce & Industry urging an increase to basic customs duties on paper imports from currently 10 per cent to 25 per cent.

IPMA also demands the inclusion of paper in the negative list of all existing and future free trade agreements (FTAs) and hence to be put in the 'restricted' category. IPMA further favours a regulation to allow imports only for end-consumers. Better monitoring of imports could also be achieved by permitting paper imports through a single designated port in the country, IPMA has suggested.

IPMA has proposed these measures to prevent cheap imports from countries like China and Indonesia. In the 2019/2020 business year, India's Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S) determined that 289,000 t of paper were imported from China, 14 per cent more than in the previous year. The year-on-year increase at 18 per cent to 343,000 t was even higher for imports from ASEAN countries. Indian total paper imports in the reporting year amounted to around 1.6 million t, 11 per cent higher than in the previous year. The increase has been steady over the entire last decade. On an average, paper imports in the last nine years have grown annually by 13 per cent, according to the statistics.

This article is an excerpt from our article on the situation of Indian paper manudacturers. Find the whole article and related background information in the next issue of EUWID Pulp and Paper that will be published on 15 July.

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