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Anti-dumping Actions

Commodity: Certain organic coated steel products, i.e. flat-rolled products of non-alloy and alloy steel (not including stainless steel) which are painted, varnished or coated with plastics on at least one side, excluding so-called ‘sandwich panels’ of a kind used for building applications and consisting of two outer metal sheets with a stabilising core of insulation material sandwiched between them, excluding those products with a final coating of zinc-dust (a zinc-rich paint, containing by weight 70% or more of zinc), and excluding those products with a substrate with a metallic coating of chromium or tin, currently falling within CN codes ex 7210 70 80, ex 7212 40 80, ex 7225 99 00, ex 7226 99 70 (TARIC codes 7210 70 80 11, 7210 70 80 91, 7212 40 80 01, 7212 40 80 21, 7212 40 80 91, 7225 99 00 11, 7225 99 00 91, 7226 99 70 11 and 7226 99 70 91).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 3 May 2019, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/687 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain organic coated steel products originating in the Chinese mainland, following an expiry review. The anti-dumping duties already in force, pursuant to Implementing Regulation 214/2013, range from 0% to 26.1% (‘the original measures’). Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry of the definitive anti-dumping measures in force, on 13 December 2017 the Commission received a request for the initiation of an expiry review. The request was lodged by The European Steel Association (‘EUROFER’ - ‘the applicant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 70% of the total Union production of certain organic coated steel products. The investigation showed that Chinese imports continued to enter the Union market at dumped prices during the review investigation period. Despite the low import volumes, the dumping margins found correspond to those observed when examining mainland China's exports to third countries. In view of the elements examined, the Commission concluded that it is highly likely that Chinese producers would export significant quantities of the product concerned to the Union at dumped prices, should the measures lapse. Thus, according to the Commission, there is evidence of likelihood of continuation of dumping. In any event, in the alternative, the Commission also found that there was evidence that dumping will likely recur should the measures lapse. The spare capacity in the Chinese mainland was very significant in comparison with the Union consumption during the review investigation period. The injury analysis showed that the situation of the Union industry improved significantly in the period considered. The imposition of the definitive anti-dumping measures in March 2013 allowed the Union industry to slowly but steadily recover from the injurious effects of the dumping. However, even if the Union industry has largely recovered from the past injury and seems to be on the right track to further improve its condition in the long-run, it is still in a fragile situation due to its limited profitability, which is still below the target profit.

Rates: The rate of the definitive anti-dumping duty continues to range from 0% to 26.1%.

Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/687 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

Commodity: Certain organic coated steel products, i.e. flat-rolled products of non-alloy and alloy steel (not including stainless steel) which are painted, varnished or coated with plastics on at least one side, excluding so-called ‘sandwich panels’ of a kind used for building applications and consisting of two outer metal sheets with a stabilising core of insulation material sandwiched between them, excluding those products with a final coating of zinc-dust (a zinc-rich paint, containing by weight 70% or more of zinc), and excluding those products with a substrate with a metallic coating of chromium or tin, currently falling within CN codes ex 7210 70 80, ex 7212 40 80, ex 7225 99 00, ex 7226 99 70 (TARIC codes 7210 70 80 11, 7210 70 80 91, 7212 40 80 01, 7212 40 80 21, 7212 40 80 91, 7225 99 00 11, 7225 99 00 91, 7226 99 70 11 and 7226 99 70 91).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 3 May 2019, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/688 imposing a definitive countervailing duty on imports of certain organic coated steel products originating in the Chinese mainland. Pursuant to Council Implementing Regulation 215/2013, the countervailing duties already in force range from 13.7% to 44.7% (‘the original measures’). The anti-dumping duties already in force range from 0% to 26.1%. The level of the combined duties ranges from 13.7 % to 58.3 %. The request for an expiry review was lodged by The European Steel Association (‘EUROFER’ – ‘the applicant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 70% of the total Union production of certain organic coated steel products. Further to the finding of the existence of subsidisation during the review investigation period, the Commission investigated the likelihood of continuation of subsidised imports from the country concerned, should the measures be repealed. The following additional elements were analysed: the production capacity and spare capacity in China, the availability of other markets, and the attractiveness of the Union market. The Commission, on the basis of facts available, concluded that there is sufficient evidence that subsidisation of the relevant industry in the Chinese mainland continued during the review investigation period and is likely to continue in the future. The subsidisation of the industry allows the Chinese producers to maintain their production capacities at a level by far exceeding domestic demand, in spite of shrinking markets, in mainland China and worldwide, the Commission concluded.

Rates: The rate of the definitive countervailing duties continues to range from 13.7% to 44.7%.

Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/688 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

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