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India imposes anti-dumping duty on optical fibre imports from China, Korea and Indonesia

Based on the recommendations of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), the revenue department has imposed an anti-dumping duty on Dispersion Unshifted Single-Mode Optical Fiber (SMOF) imports from China, South Korea and Indonesia.

As reported by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), the domestic optical fiber industry has experienced detrimental consequences due to the surge of inexpensive and substandard imports from these nations. In response to these challenges, the Finance Ministry has introduced anti-dumping duties on specific optical fiber imports originating from these countries, aiming to address the adverse impacts on the domestic industry resulting from the influx of such dumped imports.

Significant SMOF Consumption Driven by Telecom Rollout, Connectivity, and Defense Applications

  • Single-Mode Optical Fiber (SMOF) finds substantial utilization in the deployment of 3G/4G/5G networks by telecommunications companies, linking gram panchayats, and strengthening defense infrastructure.
  • Its applications span the production of various optical fiber cables, encompassing unit-tube and multi-tube stranded variants, tight buffer cables, both armored and unarmored cables, ribbon cables, as well as dry core cables.
  • SMOF’s primary use lies in high-capacity data transmission, long-distance communication, and facilitating access networks.
  • Consequently, it sees widespread implementation in long-haul communications, metropolitan area networks (MANs), cable television (CATV) systems, optical access networks, and is adaptable for shorter-distance network configurations.

Ensuring Fair Trade through Anti-Dumping Measures

  • Anti-dumping actions are implemented to uphold equitable trade practices and establish a balanced competitive environment for the domestic industry. Their purpose is not to hinder imports or unjustly inflate product costs.
  • Nations initiate anti-dumping investigations to assess whether their local industries have been adversely affected by a sudden influx of imports priced below their production costs. In response, they impose duties in accordance with the global framework set by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

About Optical fibers

  • Optical fibers are employed for the transmission of data through light pulses.
  • These fibers are grouped together to create optical fiber cables, which facilitate the transfer of digital data signals as light over distances spanning hundreds of miles.
  • This method achieves greater throughput rates compared to what can be attained using electrical communication cables.

Key takeaways for competitive examinations

  • Director General of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies: Sh. Anant Swarup

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