Following the recommendation of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD), the Commerce Ministry is toying with the idea of imposing an anti-dumping duty on import of two variants of anti-bacterial drug penicillin to protect the domestic industry from cheap Chinese and Mexican imports. A senior official in the Commerce Ministry said that the provisional anti-dumping duty to be imposed on Penicillin-G Potassium and 6-Amino Penicillin Acid would range between $18.54 per billion oxford units (BOU) and $2.10 per BOU. In its preliminary findings, the DGAD suggested to the Commerce Ministry to impose the duty to check the damage done to the domestic industry. The imposition of the anti-dumping duty is notified by the Finance Ministry.
Acting on complaints from the Vadodara-based Alembic and Chennai-based Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC), the DGAD had initiated the probe into dumping of the two products from China and Mexico. In its recommendations, it has said that the products have been exported to India below its normal value.