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Anti-dumping Actions

Commodity: Hot-rolled steel sheet piles defined as sheet piling of iron or steel, whether or not drilled, punched or made from assembled elements, composed of hot rolled corrugated sheets with interlocks that can form an impervious continuous wall, currently falling within CN code ex 7301 10 00 (TARIC code 7301100010). Cold-formed steel sheet piles are excluded.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 24 May 2018, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of hot-rolled steel sheet piles originating in the Chinese mainland. The complaint was lodged on 10 April 2018 by EUROFER (‘the complainant’) on behalf of three Union producers allegedly representing 100% of the total Union production of hot-rolled steel sheet piles. The complainant claimed that it is not appropriate to use domestic prices and costs in the country concerned due to the existence of significant distortions within the meaning of point (b) of Article 2(6a) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation. To substantiate the allegations of significant distortions, the complainant referred to, among others, the Commission staff working document dated 20 December 2017 and called ‘Report on Significant Distortions in the Economy of the PRC for the purposes of the trade defence investigations’, describing the specific circumstances in the country concerned and, in particular, the market distortions for the steel sector. 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 mainland China is inappropriate, thus warranting the initiation of an investigation on the basis of Article 2(6a) of the basic Regulation. The use of the sampling procedure is envisaged. For the details of this and other relevant issues, please refer to the notice of initiation.

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 in the Official Journal. All interested parties may request to be heard by the Commission investigation services. Any request to be heard should 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 notice’s publication. Provisional measures may be imposed no later than nine months from notice’s publication.

 

Commodity: Open mesh fabrics of glass fibres, of a cell size of more than 1.8 mm both in length and in width and weighing more than 35 g/m2, excluding glass fibre discs, currently falling within CN codes ex 7019 51 00 and ex 7019 59 00.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland, India

Action: On 18 May 2018, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation concerning the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain open mesh fabrics of glass fibres originating in the Chinese mainland, as extended to imports consigned from India, whether declared as originating in India or not. It will be recalled that by Council Implementing Regulation 791/2011, the Council imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of the product concerned. The measures were extended to imports consigned from India, whether declared as originating in India or not, on 20 December 2013, by Council Implementing Regulation 1371/2013. On 21 January 2014, Pyrotek Incorporated, a North American company with factories or sales offices in various countries, including EU Member States, requested an exemption from the extended measures in respect of Pyrotek India Pvt. Ltd, an exporting producer from India. In response to a questionnaire sent by the Commission, Pyrotek India Pvt. Ltd indicated that it had exported the product concerned during the period of the anti-circumvention investigation leading to the extension of the measures to India (from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013). Therefore, Pyrotek India Pvt. Ltd did not meet the conditions set out in the basic anti-dumping Regulation. However, the request contained sufficient evidence to justify the initiation of a partial interim review of the measures as extended to India. On 23 September 2014, the Commission initiated a partial interim review and, as a result, Pyrotek India Pvt. Ltd obtained an exemption from the extended measures on 10 September 2015 for exports to the EU as of that date. During the partial interim review investigation, it was established that Pyrotek India Pvt. Ltd had been a genuine producer of the product concerned since it started its production in August 2011 and did not engage in circumvention practices. Therefore, further to Pyrotek India Pvt. Ltd.’s request, the Commission has decided to reopen the exemption investigation. The reopening is limited in scope to assessing whether it would be appropriate to extend the temporal scope of the exemption to the period between 20 December 2013 and 10 September 2015.

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 should be made in writing and should 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.

 

Commodity: Ceramic tableware and kitchenware, excluding ceramic condiment or spice mills and their ceramic grinding parts, ceramic coffee mills, ceramic knife sharpeners, ceramic sharpeners, ceramic kitchen tools to be used for cutting, grinding, grating, slicing, scraping and peeling, and cordierite ceramic pizza-stones of a kind used for baking pizza or bread, currently falling within CN codes ex 6911 10 00, ex 6912 00 21, ex 6912 00 23, ex 6912 00 25 and ex 6912 00 29 (TARIC codes 6911 10 00 90, 6912 00 21 11, 6912 00 21 91, 6912 00 23 10, 6912 00 25 10 and 6912 00 29 10).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 15 May 2018, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the Chinese mainland. The European Commission received a request for review on 16 February 2018 by the FEPF, namely, the European Federation for Table and Ornamental ware (‘the applicant’) said to be representing more than 30% of the total Union production of ceramic tableware and kitchenware. The product subject to the review is currently subject to a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Council Implementing Regulation 412/2013. The applicant has claimed that it is not appropriate to use mainland China’s domestic prices and costs due to the existence of significant distortions within the meaning of point (b) of Article 2(6a) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation. To substantiate the allegations of significant distortions, the applicant referred to a research report dated 9 November 2017 to describe the specific market circumstances in the table- and kitchenware ceramics industry in mainland China. The applicant also referred to the Commission staff working document dated 20 December 2017, titled ‘Report on Significant Distortions in the Economy of the PRC for the purposes of the trade defence investigations’, describing the specific market circumstances in mainland China, and, in particular, the market distortions for the ceramic sector, electricity, and raw materials. The Commission may use the sampling procedure.

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 regarding the application of Article 2(6a) of the basic Regulation. Unless otherwise specified, such information and supporting evidence must reach the Commission within 37 days of the date of publication of the notice in the Official Journal. Also, 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, such 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.

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