9 April 2019
Commodity: Ferro-silicon, currently falling within CN codes 7202 21 00, 7202 29 10 and 7202 29 90.
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland and Russia.
Action: On 5 April 2019, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ferro-silicon originating in Russia and the Chinese mainland. The European Commission received a request for a review, lodged on 3 January 2019, by Euroalliages, acting on behalf of producers said to be representing over 90% of the total Union production of ferro-silicon. The measures currently in force are a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Commission Implementing Regulation 360/2014. In light of the information available, the Commission considers that there is sufficient evidence tending to show that, due to significant distortions affecting prices and costs, the use of domestic prices and costs in the Chinese mainland is inappropriate, thus warranting the initiation of an investigation on the basis of Article 2(6a) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation. The Commission envisages use of the sampling procedure. For this and other details please see the notice.
Dates: Under the heading Additional procedure with regard to the [Chinese mainland] subject to significant distortions, the notice states that, subject to the provisions of the notice, all interested parties are invited to make their views known, submit information and provide supporting evidence regarding the application of Article 2(6a) of the basic Regulation. Unless otherwise specified, this information and supporting evidence must reach the Commission within 37 days of the date of publication of the notice. Subject to the provisions of the notice, all interested parties have been invited to make their views known, submit information and provide supporting evidence. Unless otherwise specified, this information and supporting evidence must reach the Commission within 37 days of the date of publication of notice. In particular, comments by interested parties regarding the product definition and product scope are to be made within 10 days from the date of publication of the notice. All interested parties may request to be heard by the Commission investigation services. Any request to be heard must be made in writing and must specify the reasons for the request as well as a summary of what the interested party wishes to discuss during the hearing. The hearing will be limited to the issues set out by the interested parties in writing beforehand. In principle, hearings will not be used to present factual information which is not yet on file. Nevertheless, in the interest of good administration and to enable Commission services to progress with the investigation, interested parties may be directed to provide new factual information after a hearing. For all applicable timelines and deadlines, the notice should be carefully examined. The investigation shall normally be concluded within 12 months and in any event no later than 15 months from the date of the publication of the notice.