PRESIDENTS DESK

 

From the President’s Desk

 

Dear Members,

 

Greetings from Organization of Plastics Processors of India!
 

I will start my message with the positive news that the vaccines for COVID-19 are expected to be available in the next couple of months. This is a ray of hope for the mankind all over the globe.

 

As informed to you, Directorate General of Trade Remedies has started Initiation of Anti-Dumping Investigation concerning imports of Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and United States of America. OPPI secretariat has sent various mails to you on this 1 subject. The members, who consume Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) are once again requested to file the objections at the earliest. OPPI had requested the Directorate General of Trade Remedies for extension to file objections to the Initiation of Anti-Dumping Investigation. Directorate General of Trade Remedies accepted the request of OPPI and granted additional time of 4 weeks to file the response by 27.12.2020.

 

OPPI had represented to the Department of Petrochemicals and Ministry of Commerce & Industry to apply BIS on the import of Plastic Finished Products before applying BIS on Imports of Raw Materials. However the Department of Petrochemicals convened a meeting to discuss BIS on Plastic Polymers. We have been emphasizing on the Department of Petrochemicals and Ministry of Commerce & Industry to start the process of applying BIS Standard on Plastic Finished Products first.

 

We have also requested the Hon'ble Minister for Chemicals & Petrochemicals to intervene in the issue of the Exponential Increase in the prices of Plastic Polymers by the Plastic Producers. In the last 4 months there have been price increases of different Plastic Polymers ranging from 19% to 81%.

 

In the Meeting of CII Sub Committee on MSMEs held on 27 October 2020 Secretary General Mr. Deepak Lawale stated the following points:-

 

  • Framing a policy to protect MSMEs from the claims made by International Business Community towards breach of contract and/or non-adherence towards contractual terms by Indian MSMEs due to reasons beyond control created by COVID-19.

     
  • Government needs to introduce special schemes to start businesses and develop Industries in rural areas to minimize the import from China and other countries, which will help “Make In India”.

     
  • New Industries/Startups should be given land on long lease at reasonable rent with built-up factory sheds. The cost of the factory sheds may be included in the lease rent.

 

The details of the Webinars organized by OPPI are given in the Advertisements appearing in this issue of Plastiscope.

 

With Best Wishes,

 

Mahendra Sanghvi

President