The Saudi Arabian government has taken over discussions with India on anti-dumping imposed on National Industrialization Company (Tasnee)'s polypropylene exports as per Platts.
In December last year, Tasnee officials told Platts the company was directly discussing the issue with the Indian government. But now, the Saudi government is continuing the discussion with India's Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Currently, Tasnee continues to export PP into India without any duties and expects the discussion with India to come to a favorable conclusion soon.
Following an order issued by India's Department of Revenue on July 30, 2009, tariffs on PP from Oman, Saudi Arabia and Singapore were raised to US$322.7-977.67/mt. The action came as a result of a petition filed by Reliance Industries Limited, and was supported by Haldia Petrochemicals. Oman Polypropylene was later exempted from the duty. The duties apply to all polypropylene imports under HS codes 39021000 and 3902300, which include homopolymers as well as copolymers of propylene and ethylene, but exclude expanded polypropylene beads. Duties for Tasnee's cargoes stand at US$322.57/mt.
India's polypropylene requirements are estimated at about 1.5 mln tpa, only a fraction of which is met by the Persian Gulf-based producers.