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Commodity: High fatigue performance iron or steel concrete reinforcing bars and rods made of iron, non-alloy steel or alloy steel (but excluding of stainless steel, high-speed steel and silico-manganese steel), not further worked than hot-rolled, but including those twisted after rolling; these bars and rods contain indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process or are twisted after rolling; the key characteristic of high fatigue performance is the ability to endure repeated stress without breaking and, specifically, the ability to resist in excess of 4.5 million fatigue cycles using a stress ratio (min/max) of 0.2 and a stress range exceeding 150 MPa, currently falling within CN codes ex 7214 20 00, ex 7228 30 20, ex 7228 30 41, ex 7228 30 49, ex 7228 30 61, ex 7228 30 69, ex 7228 30 70 and ex 7228 30 89 (TARIC codes 7214200010, 7228302010, 7228304110, 7228304910, 7228306110, 7228306910, 7228307010 and 7228308910).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 29 July 2016, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1246 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of high fatigue performance steel concrete reinforcement bars (‘HFP rebars’) originating in the Chinese mainland. It will be recalled that the investigation was initiated on 30 April 2015 following a complaint lodged on 17 March 2015 by the European Steel Association (‘Eurofer’ or ‘the complainant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of HFP rebars. By Regulation 2015/2386, the Commission made imports of HFP rebars originating in the Chinese mainland subject to registration as of 19 December 2015 following a request by the complainant. However, the Commission concluded that duties should not be levied retroactively on the registered imports. In view of the conclusions reached with regard to dumping, injury, causation and Union interest, it was decided that definitive anti-dumping measures should be imposed on the imports of the product concerned at the level of the injury margin, in accordance with the lesser duty rule.
Rates: The rates of the definitive anti-dumping duty are 18.4% for two named companies, and 22.5% for 4 named companies. The “all other companies” rate is set at 22.5%.
Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1246 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

Commodity: Aspartame (N-L-α-Aspartyl-L-phenylalanine-1-methyl ester, 3-amino-N-(α-carbomethoxy-phenethyl)-succinamic acid-N-methyl ester), CAS RN 22839-47-0, currently falling within CN code ex 2924 29 98 (TARIC code 2924299805).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 29 July 2016, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1247 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of aspartame originating in the Chinese mainland. It will be recalled that the investigation was initiated on 30 May 2015 following a complaint lodged on 16 April 2015 by Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe SAS (‘ASE’), the sole producer of aspartame in the Union. On 15 October 2015 ASE was purchased by Hyet Holding BV and consequently was renamed Hyet Sweet SAS (‘Hyet’). Hyet is said to represent 100% of Union production of aspartame and thus constitute the Union industry. In view of the conclusions reached with regard to dumping, injury, causation and Union interest, it was decided that definitive anti-dumping measures should be imposed on imports of aspartame originating in the Chinese mainland. In accordance with the lesser duty rule in this case the measures have been imposed at the level of the lower of these margins, namely, the injury margin.
Rates: The rates of the definitive anti-dumping duty range from 55.4% to 59.1% for named companies, and 59.4% for all other companies.
Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1247 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

Commodity: Steel ropes and cables, including locked coil ropes, excluding ropes and cables of stainless steel, with a maximum cross-sectional dimension exceeding 3 mm, currently falling within CN codes ex 7312 10 81, ex 7312 10 83, ex 7312 10 85, ex 7312 10 89 and ex 7312 10 98 (TARIC codes 7312108113, 7312108313, 7312108513, 7312108913 and 7312109813).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland, the Republic of Korea.
Action: On 19 July 2016, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1167 amending Council Implementing Regulation 102/2012 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of steel ropes and cables originating, inter alia, in the Chinese mainland, as extended to imports of steel ropes and cables consigned from, inter alia, the Republic of Korea, whether declared as originating in the Republic of Korea or not. The measures currently in force are an anti-dumping duty imposed by Implementing Regulation 102/2012. Imports into the Union of the product under review consigned from the Republic of Korea are subject to a duty of 60.4%, with the exception of the product manufactured by companies which have been exempted. The European Commission received a request for an exemption from the anti-dumping measures on 7 September 2015 by Daechang Steel Co. Ltd (‘the applicant’), an exporting producer of steel ropes and cables in the Republic of Korea, and it was limited to the applicant. The Commission initiated the investigation in respect of this matter on 26 November 2015. In light of its findings, the Commission concluded that the applicant fulfilled the conditions for an exemption. It was therefore deemed that the applicant should be added to the list of companies that are exempted from the anti-dumping duty imposed by Implementing Regulation 102/2012.
Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1167 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

Commodity: Certain threaded tube or pipe cast fittings of malleable cast iron, excluding bodies of compression fittings using ISO DIN 13 metric thread and malleable iron threaded circular junction boxes without having a lid, currently falling within CN code ex 7307 19 10 (TARIC code 7307191010).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland, Thailand.
Action: On 19 July 2016, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Decision 2016/1176 terminating the partial interim review concerning imports of certain threaded tube or pipe cast fittings of malleable cast iron originating in the Chinese mainland and Thailand. It will be recalled that, by means of Council Implementing Regulation 430/2013, anti-dumping measures were imposed on this product, originating in the Chinese mainland and Thailand. On 25 November 2015, the Commission initiated a partial interim review concerning the Chinese mainland, following a request lodged on 2 March 2015 by Metpro Limited (‘the applicant’), an importer. The applicant requested the review with the purpose of determining whether electrical conduit fittings (elbows, bends and T-shaped) with a standard metric thread pitch of 1.5 mm according to ISO Metric Form BS3643 (‘the product for potential exclusion’) should be excluded from the product scope of Implementing Regulation 430/2013. As the measures also apply to imports originating in Thailand, the Commission decided on its own initiative to initiate the review for imports from Thailand as well. Thereafter, by a letter dated 5 April 2016 addressed to the Commission, the applicant withdrew its request for a review. Since the applicant withdrew its request with regard to the Chinese mainland, and since there was no relevant information found with regard to Thailand, the Commission concluded that the partial interim review should be terminated.
Dates: The Decision entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

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