26 Feb 2019
Commodity: fabrics of woven, and/or stitched continuous filament glass fibre rovings or yarns, excluding products which are impregnated or pre-impregnated (pre-preg), and excluding open mesh fabrics with cells with a size of more than 1.8 mm in both length and width and weighing more than 35 g/m2, currently falling within CN codes ex 7019 39 00, ex 7019 40 00, ex 7019 59 00 and ex 7019 90 00 (TARIC codes 7019 39 00 80, 7019 40 00 80, 7019 59 00 80 and 7019 90 00 80).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland and Egypt.
Action: On 21 February 2019, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain woven and/or stitched glass fibre fabrics originating in mainland China and Egypt. The complaint was lodged on 8 January 2019 by Tech-Fab Europe (‘the complainant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of certain woven and/or stitched glass fibre fabrics. The complainant has claimed that it is not appropriate to use domestic prices and costs in the Chinese mainland, due to the existence of significant distortions. 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 in the Chinese mainland, the use of domestic prices and costs in that country is inappropriate, thus warranting the initiation of an investigation on the basis of Article 2(6a) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation.
Dates: All interested parties are invited to make their views known on the inputs and the Harmonised System (HS) codes provided in the complaint within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice. All interested parties wishing to comment on the complaint (including matters pertaining to injury and causality) or any aspects regarding the initiation of the investigation (including the degree of support for the complaint) must do so within 37 days of the date of publication of the notice. Any request for a hearing with regard to the initiation of the investigation must be submitted within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice. The Commission envisages the use of sampling. All interested parties may request to be heard by the Commission's investigation services. For the differing timeframes regarding hearings and the other aspects of the investigation where deadlines apply, please see the notice of initiation. The investigation is, whenever possible, to be concluded within one year but in any event not later than 14 months from the date of publication of the notice. Provisional measures may be imposed normally not later than 7 months, but in any event not later than 8 months from the publication of the notice.
Commodity: Chamois leather and combination chamois leather, whether or not cut to shape, including crust chamois leather and combination crust chamois leather, currently falling within CN codes 4114 10 10 and 4114 10 90.
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 21 February 2019, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/297 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of chamois leather originating in the Chinese mainland, following an expiry review. The request for the review was lodged by the UK Leather Federation (‘the applicant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of chamois leather and was based on the grounds that the expiry of the measures would likely result in a continuation of dumping and continuation of injury to the Union industry. The Commission has concluded that, although at a lower volume than in the original investigation, the Chinese exporting producers continued to export chamois leather to the Union at dumped prices during the review investigation period. As for injury, it notes that the Union industry has benefitted from the original measures, as it showed some improvements throughout the period considered in comparison to the situation found during the original investigation period. However, the Union industry is, according to the Commission, recovering at a slow pace and continues to be in a fragile and vulnerable situation. Therefore, the Commission concluded that the repeal of the measures would in all likelihood result in a significant increase of Chinese-dumped imports at prices undercutting the Union industry prices, further aggravating the injury suffered by the Union industry. As a consequence, the viability of the Union industry would be at serious risk.
Rates: The rate of the definitive anti-dumping duty is set at 58.9%.
Dates: The Regulation entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.