India has launched an anti-dumping probe into imports of viscose filament yarn from China and Ukraine.

India's Directorate General of Anti-dumping and allied Duties initiated the investigation into "existence, degree and effect of alleged dumping of vicose filament yarn from subject countries".

The Directorate said: "There is evidence that the normal value of the subject goods (viscose filament yarn) in the subject countries is significantly higher than ex-factory export price, indicating the subject goods are being dumped by exporters from subject countries".

The period of investigation set for the probe is 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2004.

Viscose filament yarn is a regenerated cellulosic yarn made from natural renewable resources.

China's National Bureau of Statistics this week reported that China's output of viscose fibre - which includes viscose filament  - rose 17.6 per cent on a year-on-year basis to 168,300 tons in January and February 2005.