PETALING JAYA: The government is starting a safeguard investigation on imports of ceramic floor and wall tile products into Malaysia, says the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti).
It said there was sufficient evidence of serious injury caused by increased imports to do so following a petition from the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers – Malaysian Ceramic Industry Group received on July 16 requesting for a global safeguard investigation on these imports.
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, ” the ministry said.
In connection with the investigation, Miti will provide a set of questionnaires to interested parties such as importers, foreign producers, exporters and associations. — Bernama