Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, Chairman, The Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) which represents the Capital goods and Process Equipment manufacturing and exporting industry in the country today  expressed concern at surge of imports especially of metals and Capital Goods from  countries including Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan with whom India has signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

“The Free Trade Agreements (FTA)  coupled with lack of reciprocity is adversely hurting the steel manufacturers as well as the capital goods industry  FTAs are meant to increase bilateral trade. However, India’s FTAs with ASEAN countries   and Japan have only resulted in increasing our imports of metals and capital goods with either stable or declining exports leading to the rising trade deficit. “said Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, Chairman, Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) and Managing Director, Outoukumpu India while speaking at the Metals Conclave organised by The Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry here today.

“ Despite several steps taken by Government including  imposing anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties, quality control and anti-circumvention measures but the problem of surge in imports especially stainless steel, finished capital goods  and other metals persists,” Said Mr Suri.

“FTA should be a Level playing agreement and not a one way street as it is currently prevailing. Currently all FTA countries are taking full advantage by exporting metals as well as finished capital goods into India but they are not importing metals and capital goods. In such cases , there has to be a quota system. We strongly propose that as long as the trade balance in a particular sector is in the range of +/- 30 per cent, it is fine but if the equation gets worse , the imports from FTA countries should  not be duty free.: demanded Mr Suri.

“By allowing unlimited and unregulated access to Indian markets , we are actually killing potential for our domestic industry to grow and at the same time derailing the Make in India policy. To save our manufacturing industry in India we should have a fair and win-win agreement with these FTA countries “ he pleaded.

“GST, Quality Control  order are steps to eliminate grey markets and use on non standard stainless steel. Unfortunately there are gaps in QC Order which is allowing use of nonstandard stainless steel for consumer wares which is as high as 55% of stainless steel usage in India. Why steel Ministry is not plugging the gaps in stainless steel Quality Control order to ensure only BIS certified products are used for all applications including consumer wares.” He added