24 Sept 2019
Commodity: Fabrics of woven, and/or stitched continuous filament glass fibre rovings and/or yarns with or without other elements, 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. The complete set of codes covering the product under investigation are: CN codes ex 7019 39 00, ex 7019 40 00, ex 7019 59 00 and ex 7019 90 00 (TARIC codes 7019390080, 7019400080, 7019590080 and 7019900080).
Countries/Economies: Mainland China, Egypt
Action: On 18 September 2019, the Official Journal published a notice clarifying the notices of initiation of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings concerning imports of certain woven and/or stitched glass fibre fabrics originating in mainland China and Egypt. On 21 February 2019, the Commission published a notice initiating an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of the product concerned. Then on 16 May 2019, the Commission published a notice initiating an anti-subsidy investigation concerning imports of the products concerned. The investigations have brought to the Commission’s attention that some economic operators may have misinterpreted the wording of the description of the product subject to investigation. For this reason, the Commission has decided to clarify the Notice of 21 February 2019 and the Notice of 16 May 2019 to reflect to all interested parties the actual scope of the current investigation and to give the economic operators concerned who might have not made themselves known because they believe they were not concerned by this proceeding (most notably users and unrelated importers) an opportunity to provide questionnaire replies on the basis of the clarifications. Thus, the Commission clarifies that the product subject to the investigation is as described above (by the word Commodity). Further information is provided in the new notice, which should be examined. For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission observes that this clarification has no material impact on the Commission’s analysis of the allegations of dumping/subsidisation and injury which fully covers the scope of the investigation. That is because the information from interested parties as to dumping/subsidisation and injury was collected at the level of the much more detailed PCN making up the product under investigation.
Dates: Interested parties who believe that they are affected by this clarification, or who might not have made themselves known because they believed they were not concerned by this proceeding, are requested to contact the Commission within seven days of the new notice in order to make themselves known and, if they wish, to request a questionnaire.