Vietnam imposes anti dumping duty on Thai-origin sugar

By Anh Minh   August 2, 2022 | 04:16 am PT
Vietnam imposes anti dumping duty on Thai-origin sugar
Farmers harvest sugarcane in the Mekong Delta Province of Soc Trang. Photo by Shutterstock
Vietnam has imposed an anti-dumping and anti-circumvention levy on Thai sugar imported via 5 ASEAN nations.

The final verdict was made Monday, and the duty of 47.64 percent will become effective between Aug. 9 and June 15, 2026.

The probe was launched last September after local firms reported sugar products imported from Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar did not originate in those countries.

Sugar imports in Vietnam jumped five times year-on-year to 527,200 tons in the period between October 2020 and June 2021, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Imports from Thailand, however, slumped 38 percent in the same period.

This was the period that Vietnam was investigating Thai sugar for dumping and subsidizing.

"The sugar industry has provided evidence showing signs of Thai sugar’s trade remedies evasion through five countries mentioned above, especially the sudden jump in sugar imports," the trade ministry said in a statement.

Last June, Vietnam imposed an anti-dumping levy of 47.64 percent on some sugar products from Thailand for five years.

Around 3,300 Vietnamese farmers lost their jobs, and 93,225 farming households were affected due to difficulties in the domestic sugar industry, according to the trade ministry.

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