30 Sept 2016
Commodity: Glazed and unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; glazed and unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing, currently falling within CN codes 6907 10 00, 6907 90 20, 6907 90 80, 6908 10 00, 6908 90 11, 6908 90 20, 6908 90 31, 6908 90 51, 6908 90 91, 6908 90 93 and 6908 90 99.
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 13 September 2016, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ceramic tiles originating in the Chinese mainland. The request for an expiry review was lodged on 15 June 2016 by the European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Federation (CET) (‘the applicant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of ceramic tiles. The applicant alleges the likelihood of recurrence of injury. In this respect the applicant has apparently provided prima facie evidence that, should measures be allowed to lapse, the current import level of the product under review from the Chinese mainland to the Union is likely to increase due to the existence of unused capacity of the manufacturing facilities of the exporting producers there, and the attractiveness of the Union market as evidenced by an increasing demand for and high prices of the product under review. In addition, the applicant alleges that in view of the trade defence measures imposed on imports from the Chinese mainland recently by certain third countries and the initiation of trade defence investigations in others, there is a risk, should the measures be allowed to lapse, of redirection of some volumes from these countries to the Union. The applicant finally alleges that the removal of injury has been mainly due to the existence of measures and that any recurrence of substantial imports at dumped prices from the country concerned would likely lead to a recurrence of injury to the Union industry should measures be allowed to lapse. The Commission envisages the use of sampling. Please see the notice of initiation for more details. In the previous investigation, the U.S. was used as a market-economy third country for the purpose of establishing normal value. For the purpose of the current investigation, the Commission again envisages using the U.S.
Rates: The definitive measures that are currently in force have been imposed by Article 1 of Council Implementing Regulation 917/2011. The expiry review will not lead to the existing measures being amended but will lead to those measures being repealed or maintained. However, should any interested party consider that a review of the measures is warranted so as to allow for the possibility to amend the measures, that party may request a review pursuant to Article 11(3) of the Basic Anti-Dumping Regulation.
Dates: Subject to the provisions of the notice, all interested parties are hereby 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 the notice in the Official Journal. 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. For hearings on issues pertaining to the initial stage of the investigation the request must be submitted within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice. Thereafter, a request to be heard must be submitted within the specific deadlines set by the Commission in its communication with the parties. The investigation will be concluded within 15 months of the date of the publication of the notice.