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Sri Lanka ceramics industry presses for anti-dumping duty laws

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ceramics industry has urged the government to introduced long-delayed anti-dumping duty legislation before any planned reduction in import tariffs on ceramic products.

“We expect the government will enact anti-dumping laws before reducing import tariffs,” Mahendra Jayasekera, president of the Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council told its annual general meeting.

The industry was concerned about changes in import tariffs on tiles and other finished goods imports which compete with locally manufactured products, he said.

“Any downward revision of tariffs should go hand-in-hand with anti dumping legislation,” Jayasekera said.

Anti-dumping duty laws have been drafted but not implemented for a long time, he said.

The ceramics industry is now controlled by the Royal Ceramics group which has bought over rival tile manufacturers and is also the sole sanitaryware maker.

The industry has lobbied for high import tariffs saying local manufacturers find it difficult to compete against cheap imports from east Asian manufacturers.
 (Colombo/November 18 2015)

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