Government initiates safeguard investigation on ceramic floor and wall tiles products imported

Government initiates safeguard investigation on ceramic floor and wall tiles products imported into Malaysia


Kuala Lumpur, 5 October 2020 – The Government of Malaysia received a petition from the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (Malaysian Ceramic Industry Group), representing the domestic industry, requesting for a global safeguard investigation on imports of ceramic floor and wall tiles products into Malaysia.


The petitioner alleged that the increase in imports of these products in absolute terms and relative to domestic production from 2017 to 2019 have caused serious injury to the domestic industry in Malaysia producing such products.


The government has decided that there is sufficient evidence of serious injury caused by increased imports to initiate a safeguard investigation on imports of ceramic floor and wall tiles products into Malaysia commencing from 13 September 2020.


In accordance with the Safeguards Act 2006 and its related regulations, a preliminary determination will be made within 120 days from the date of initiation. If the preliminary determination is affirmative, the government will impose a provisional safeguard duty at the rate that is necessary to reduce the effects of serious injury to the domestic industry caused by the imports.


In connection with this investigation, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will provide a set of questionnaires to interested parties such as importers, foreign producers, exporters and associations. Interested parties may provide views and additional evidence to MITI by 13 October 2020 to support this investigation.


In the event no additional information is received within the specified period, the government will make its preliminary determination based on available facts and information.


– Construction+ Online

Source: Ministry of Trade and International Industry

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