The European Commission has launched an anti-dumping probe into imports of polyester textured filament yarn (PTY) from India, and a parallel anti-subsidy inquiry into PTY imports from India and Indonesia.

The investigations were prompted by complaints from the EU textiles lobby CIRFS which is known as the International Rayon and Synthetic Fibres Committee.

The high-level probe relates to a wide range of imports of PTYs, used in both the weaving and knitting industries. EU consumption of polyester yarn has risen steadily over the past few years, while the EU industry's sales have fallen.

In 1996, the EU set definitive anti-dumping duties of up to 20.2 per cent on imports of PTY from Thailand and Indonesia and last December introduced definitive anti-dumping duties of up to 35.4 per cent on polyester staple fibre imports from South Korea and India.