Anti-dumping Duties on BOPP Imports
The Royal Malaysian Customs will enforce the collection of anti-dumping duties on imports of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) effective as of April 23, 2013 for five years.
The anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of BOPP from Taiwan, Thailand, China, Indonesia and Vietnam range between zero and 12.37%.
On July 27, 2012, the government initiated an anti-dumping investigation based on a petition filed by San Miguel Yamamura Plastic Films Sdn Bhd on behalf of the domestic industry producing BOPP.
The petitioner alleged that imports of BOPP originating in or exported from Taiwan, Thailand, China, Indonesia and the Vietnam are being imported into Malaysia at a price much lower than the price in the domestic market of the alleged countries. The practice, the petitioner claimed, was causing material injury to the domestic industry in Malaysia.
The government has completed detailed investigation on producers and importers in Malaysia as well as producers/exporters in the alleged countries.
The scope of product under investigation covers BOPP film of thickness between 13 and 50 microns and specifically excludes printable shrink films, metallised films and tape.
With the imposition of anti-dumping duties on imports of BOPP from the alleged countries of Taiwan, Thailand, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, it is expected that the issue of unfair trade practices will be addressed.
"To enhance the implementation of anti-dumping duties, the government may review the possibility of introducing measures to verify the BOPP products which have been excluded from anti-dumping duties," the Ministry of International Trade and Industry said in a statement.