“Hot-rolled flat products of alloy or non-alloy steel in coils of a width upto 2100mm and thickness upto 25mm and Hot-rolled flat products of
alloy or non-alloy steel not in coils (commonly known as sheets and plates) of a width upto 4950mm and thickness upto 150mm”.
The PUC covers products which are not further worked than hot-rolled and are flat products of iron, alloy or non-alloy steel, in prime or nonprime condition having ‘as-rolled’ edge or ‘trimmed’ edge or ‘slit’ edge or “milled” edge or “sheared” edge or “laser-cut” edge or “gas-cut” edge or any other type of edges. These products may be pickled or non-pickled (with or without skin-pass or tempering), slit or non-slit, normalized or un-normalized, ultra-sonically tested or untested or oiled or non-oiled etc. These products may be “as-rolled” or “thermo-mechanically rolled” or “thermo-mechanically controlled rolled” or “controlled rolled” or “normalized rolled” or “normalized” or subject to any other similar process. These products may have patterns in relief / chequered patterns of different types derived directly during hot rolling. These products may have been subjected to various processing steps like pickling, oiling, rewinding, recoiling, temper rolling, heat treatment, etc. These products may be sand blasted or shot blasted or subjected to similar processes. The PUC covers Hot Rolled flat sheets and plates of alloy or non-alloy steel, whether or not rolled from universal plate mill including reversible plate mill or hot strip mill or tandem mill or steckel mill or any other similar process with various type of rolling configuration including 2-High, 3-High, 4-High, cluster mill or any similar hot rolling process. The PUC includes sheets and plates produced either directly from the hot rolling process or cut / sheared from hot rolled coils.
The following are not included in the scope of the product under consideration:
1. Hot-rolled flat products of stainless steel.
2. Hot-rolled flat products of steel which are electrolytically plated or coated with zinc.
3. Hot-rolled flat products of steel otherwise plated or coated with zinc.
4. Cladded steel.
The PUC is used in many applications and sectors such as automotive, oil and gas line pipes/exploration, cold-rolling, pipe and tube manufacturing, infrastructure and construction, general engineering & fabrication, earth-moving & mining equipment, storage tanks, low pressure heaters, capital goods including plant and process equipment for cement, fertilizer, refineries etc.
The PUC is classified under Custom Tariff Heading 7208, 7211, 7225 and 7226. The customs classification is indicative only and is in no way binding on the scope of the present investigation. The Designated Authority analyzed the transactionwise DGCI&S import data to arrive at the import statistics for the PUC by removing the items that are not part of the product scope.