10 Feb 2017
Commodity: Tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, of austenitic stainless steel grades, corresponding to AISI types 304, 304L, 316, 316L, 316Ti, 321 and 321H and their equivalent in the other norms, with a greatest external diameter not exceeding 406.4 mm and a wall thickness of 16 mm or less, with a roughness average (Ra) of the surface finish not less than 0.8 micrometres, not flanged, whether or not finished. The product falls under CN codes ex 7307 23 10 and ex 7307 23 90 (Taric codes 7307231015, 7307231025, 7307239015, 7307239025).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland, Taiwan.
Action: On 27 January 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/141 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain stainless steel tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, whether or not finished, originating in the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. It may be recalled that, on 29 October 2015, the Commission initiated an anti-dumping proceeding with regard to imports of the product concerned. The proceeding was initiated following a complaint lodged on 14 September 2015 by the Defence Committee of the Stainless Steel Butt-welding Fittings Industry of the European Union (‘the complainant’). It is concluded that most injury indicators show a negative trend during the period considered. In particular, the injury indicators related to the production and market share of the Union producers expose the serious difficulties of the Union industry, as well as the existence of sustained undercutting. It was concluded that the only positive indicator, namely the slight improvement of the profitability during the investigation period, was achieved at the expense of sales volume and market share by moving into the high-price segment. It may not be of duration, if dumped imports also enter high-price segments. Accordingly, an assessment of all macro and micro indicators revealed an overall negative trend. Therefore, the Commission concluded that the Union industry suffered material injury and that the dumped imports of the product concerned caused material injury to the Union industry.
Rates: Article 1 of the Regulation imposing definitive duties shows that, for Taiwan, the duties range from 0% to 5.1% for named companies, and 12.1% for all other companies. For mainland China the duties range from 30.7% to 55.3% for named companies, and 64.9% for all other companies.
Dates: The Regulation entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Commodity: Aluminium road wheels of the motor vehicles of CN headings 8701 to 8705, whether or not with their accessories and whether or not fitted with tyres, currently falling within CN codes ex 8708 70 10 and ex 8708 70 50 (TARIC codes 8708701010 and 8708705010).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 24 January 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/109 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain aluminium road wheels originating in the Chinese mainland, following an expiry review. It will be recalled that anti-dumping measures were already imposed, by means of Implementing Regulation 964/2010. The measures took the form of an ad valorem duty established at 22.3% on imports. Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry, the Commission received a request for the initiation of an expiry review. The request was lodged by the Association of European Wheels Manufacturers (EUWA) (‘the applicant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of certain aluminium wheels. Having determined that sufficient evidence existed for the initiation of an expiry review, the Commission announced on 27 October 2015, by a notice published in the Official Journal, the initiation of the review. The Commission found that Chinese exporting producers (though in lower volume than in the original investigation) continued to export aluminium wheels to the Union at dumped prices during the review investigation period. The Commission further concluded that the Chinese mainland has an annual spare capacity somewhere between 42 to 60 million units. Even the lower estimate corresponds to 84% of the entire Union production (50.5 million units during the review investigation period) and represents 60% of the Union consumption (70 million in the review investigation period), which is considered significant. Regarding injury, the Commission found that the Union industry did not suffer material injury. Since the Union industry did not suffer material injury, it was assessed whether there would be a likelihood of recurrence of injury should measures against mainland China be allowed to lapse. On the basis of its findings, the Commission concluded that the repeal of the measures would in all likelihood result in a recurrence of injury to the Union industry.
Rates: Pursuant to the expiry review, the rate of the definitive anti-dumping duty is maintained at 22.3%.
Dates: The Regulation entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.