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Ukraine initiates anti dumping probe into light bulb imports from Belarus

Ukraine initiates anti dumping probe into light bulb imports from Belarus

KIEV: Ukraine IntSerdepartmental Commission for International Trade has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into imports of general-purpose incandescent light bulbs from Belarus to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s largest light bulb producer, Lviv-based PrJSC Iskra plant lodged a respective complaint with the Commission, an announcement in the government’s Uriadovy Kurier newspaper said on Friday. Iskra says that the share of imports from Belarus in relation to Iskra’s production in 2015, 2016, and a combined period of the second quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 decreased by 13 percent and increased by 63 percent and 113 percent compared to 2014, respectively. However, the plant’s production decreased by 18 percent, 27 percent and 45 percent, and production capacity by 5 percent, 15 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

In addition, the applicant’s sales in the domestic market fell by 4 percent, 20 percent and 22 percent, respectively; while the selling price decreased by 20 percent, 24 percent and 24 percent and sales revenue shrank by 61 percent, 1 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

Iskra also announced a decrease in profitability by 72 percent, 49 percent and 79 percent, respectively, and a decrease in the average number of the employment by 6 percent, 15 percent and 21 percent, respectively. According to the announcement, the investigation concerns general-purpose incandescent light bulbs with wattage of no more than 200 watts and voltage exceeding 100 volts (code 8539 22 90 10 under the Ukrainian classifier of goods UKT VED ) that originate from Belarus.