An anti-dumping investigation into imported acrylic yarn from Nepal has been launched in response to complaints by domestic companies.

Punjab Fibres, Nawan Shahar, Punjab, Vardhman Spinning and General Mills, Sportking India and Malwa Cotton Spinning Mills have filed a petition to the Commerce Ministry.

Acrylic yarn, used for the production of knitwear, hosiery and shawls, can be made from 100 per acrylic fibre.

An alternative method is 90 per cent acrylic fibre blended with 10 per cent polyester or viscose or 85 per cent acrylic fibre blended with 15 per cent polyester or viscose.

The petitioners have produced prima facie evidence about the export price of the goods. They say there is sufficient evidence that the normal value of the goods in Nepal is significantly higher than the net export price, showing that the goods are being dumped by exporters.

The period under investigation is from April 1 last year to 31 March this year.