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Anti-dumping Actions

Commodity: Chopped glass fibre strands, of a length of not more than 50 mm; glass fibre rovings, excluding glass fibre rovings which are impregnated and coated and have a loss on ignition of more than 3% (as determined by the ISO Standard 1887); and mats made of glass fibre filaments excluding mats of glass wool, currently falling within CN codes 7019 11 00, ex 7019 12 00 (TARIC codes 7019120021, 7019120022, 7019120023, 7019120025, 7019120039) and 7019 31 00.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 25 August 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/724 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain continuous filament glass fibre products originating in the Chinese mainland following an expiry review. Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry of the anti-dumping measures in force, the Commission received a request for the initiation of an expiry review. The request was lodged on 14 December 2015 by the European Glass Fibre Producers Association (‘APFE’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of certain continuous filament glass fibre products. The request is based on the grounds that the expiry of the anti-dumping measures would be likely to result in a continuation of dumping and recurrence of injury to the Union industry. The Commission subsequently initiated an expiry review on 15 March 2016. Based on its findings pursuant to the review investigation, the Commission expects that Chinese dumped exports would resume in larger volumes and exercise increased price pressure on the Union market should the current measures be repealed. Moreover, on the basis of its findings, the Commission concluded that the Union industry, following the increase of measures in 2014, partially recovered from the injury caused by the past dumping and did not suffer material injury in the review investigation period. The Commission concluded that, should the anti-dumping measures be repealed and the countervailing duty remain at a level which has already proved ineffective to restrict the arrival of large quantities of imports at undercutting prices, there is a likelihood of recurrence of injury.

Rates: The rates of the definitive anti-dumping duty are set at between 0% and 19.9% for named companies, and is 19.9% for ‘all other companies’.

Dates: The Regulation entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.


Commodity: tartaric acid, excluding D-(-)-tartaric acid with a negative optical rotation of at least 12.0 degrees, measured in a water solution according to the method described in the European Pharmacopoeia, currently falling within CN code ex 2918 12 00 (TARIC code 2918120090).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 19 April 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of tartaric acid originating in the Chinese mainland. The request for a review was lodged on 24 January 2017 by Distillerie Bonollo S.r.l., Caviro Distillerie S.r.l., Industria Chimica Valenzana S.p.a., Alvinesa Alcoholera Vinicola SA, and Comercial Quimica Sarasa SL (‘the applicants’), representing, it is stated, more than 25% of the total Union production of tartaric acid. The measures currently in force are a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Council Implementing Regulation 349/2012, as last amended by Council Implementing Regulation 626/2012. Among other matters, the applicants have (it is stated) provided prima facie evidence that imports of the product under review have remained significant in absolute terms and in terms of market shares. The prima facie evidence provided by the applicants allegedly shows that the volume and prices of the imported product under review have, among other consequences, had a negative impact on the level of prices charged by the Union industry, resulting in substantial adverse effects on the overall performance and the financial situation of the Union industry. The applicants also allege the likelihood of further injury. In this respect the applicants have, it is stated, also provided evidence that, should measures be allowed to lapse, the current import level of the product under review from the country concerned to the Union is likely to increase due to the potential of the manufacturing facilities of the exporting producers in mainland China. Exporting producers of the product under review, including those that did not cooperate in the investigation(s) leading to the measures in force, are invited to participate in the Commission investigation. The Commission envisages using the sampling procedure. For full details, please refer to the notice.

Dates: 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 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. 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.


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 7312 10 81 11, 7312 10 81 12, 7312 10 81 13, 7312 10 81 19, 7312 10 83 11, 7312 10 83 12, 7312 10 83 13, 7312 10 83 19, 7312 10 85 11, 7312 10 85 12, 7312 10 85 13, 7312 10 85 19, 7312 10 89 11, 7312 10 89 12, 7312 10 89 13, 7312 10 89 19, 7312 10 98 11, 7312 10 98 12, 7312 10 98 13 and 7312 10 98 19). This description is provided in Article 1 of Council Implementing Regulation 102/2012.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland and the Republic of Korea.

Action: On 19 April 2017, the Official Journal published a notice concerning the anti-dumping measures in force in respect of imports to the Union of steel ropes and cables. The measures currently in force are an anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of steel ropes and cables originating, inter alia, in the Chinese mainland as extended, inter alia, to imports of steel ropes and cables consigned from the Republic of Korea whether declared as originating in the Republic of Korea or not, as last amended by Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1167 (‘the measures in force’). 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 that are exempted. One company located in the Republic of Korea, namely Kiswire Ltd, whose exports to the Union of steel ropes and cables are exempted from the anti-dumping duty, informed the Commission that their official address had changed as set out in the notice. The company claimed that the change of address does not affect their right to benefit under their previous address. The Commission examined the information supplied and concluded that the change of address does not affect the findings of Implementing Regulation 102/2012.

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