18 Dec 2018
Commodity: peroxosulphates (persulphates), including potassium peroxymonosulphate sulphate, currently falling within CN codes 2833 40 00 and ex 2842 90 80 (TARIC 2842 90 80 20).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 17 December 2018, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of peroxosulphates (persulphates) originating in the Chinese mainland. The measures currently in force are a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Council Regulation 1343/2013. The request for an expiry review was lodged on 18 September 2018 by RheinPerChemie GmbH and United Initiators GmbH (‘the applicants’) on behalf of producers said to be representing 100% of the total Union production of peroxosulphates. The applicants apparently provided evidence showing that imports subject to the current measures have continued at dumped prices. In order to show dumping, the applicants 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 applicants referred to publicly-available resources in the form of press and research articles, the determination made in Regulation 1343/2013, as well as to the Commission Staff Working Document dated 20 December 2017 ‘Significant Distortions in the Economy of the People's Republic of China for the Purposes of Trade Defence Investigations’, describing the specific circumstances.
Dates: The so-called TDI Modernisation package (Regulation 2018/825 which entered into force on 8 June 2018) introduced, among other issues, significant changes to the timetable and deadlines previously applicable in anti-dumping proceedings. The time limits for interested parties to come forward, in particular at the early stage of investigations, are shortened. The timetable for this expiry review investigation, as set out in the notice, includes specific instructions for the submission of information at various stages of the investigation and the organisation of hearings. Requests for extensions to deadlines will also be made stricter. Therefore, the Commission invites interested parties to respect the procedural steps and deadlines provided in the notice as well as in further communications from the Commission. All interested parties are invited to make their views known on the inputs and the Harmonised System (HS) codes provided in the request within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice in the Official Journal. The Commission may use the sampling procedure. 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, this information and supporting evidence must reach the Commission within 37 days of the date of publication of the notice. Pursuant to point (e) of Article 2(6a), the Commission will, shortly after initiation, by means of a note to the file for inspection by interested parties, inform parties to the investigation about the relevant sources that it intends to use for the purpose of determining normal value. This will cover all sources, including the selection of an appropriate representative third country where appropriate. Parties to the investigation shall be given 10 days from the date at which that note is added to that file to submit comments. For all other time limits, traders are advised to examine the notice. The investigation shall normally be concluded within 12 months and in any event no later than 15 months from the date of the publication of the notice.
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 HS code 6907. This description is found in Article 1 of Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/2179.
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: The Official Journal has published a notice concerning the name change of one company subject to the anti-dumping duty rate for cooperating non-sampled companies in respect of the anti-dumping duty in force on imports of ceramic tiles originating in the Chinese mainland. Such imports are subject to a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/2179. Tianjin (TEDA) Honghui Industry & Trade Co. Ltd, TARIC additional code B221, a company subject to the anti-dumping duty rate for cooperating non-sampled companies of 30.6%, informed the Commission that it had changed its name. The company asked the Commission to confirm that the change of name does not affect the right of the company to benefit from the individual duty rate applied to the company under its previous name. The Commission has examined the information supplied and concluded that the change of name in no way affects the findings of Implementing Regulation 2017/2179. Therefore, the reference in Annex I to Implementing Regulation 2017/2179 to: Tianjin (TEDA) Honghui Industry & Trade Co. Ltd should be read as Tianjin Honghui Creative Technology Co., Ltd. The TARIC additional code B221 previously attributed to Tianjin (TEDA) Honghui Industry & Trade Co. Ltd shall apply to Tianjin Honghui Creative Technology Co., Ltd.
Dates: The notice concerning the name change was published on 13 December 2018.