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Anti-dumping Actions

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 under 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 6911100090, 6912002111, 6912002191, 6912002310, 6912002510 and 6912002910). This commodity description is found in Article 1 of Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/1198.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 4 October 2019, the Official Journal published a notice concerning the anti-dumping measures in force in respect of imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the Chinese mainland. The notice is about the name change of one company subject to the duty for cooperating non-sampled companies. Imports of the product concerned are subject to definitive anti-dumping duties imposed by Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/1198. Fujian Dehua Hiap Huat Koyo Toki Co., Ltd, TARIC additional code B530, whose exports to the Union of ceramic tableware and kitchenware are subject to the anti-dumping duty of 17.9%, informed the Commission that it had changed its name to Luzerne (Fujian) Group Co., Ltd. The company asked the Commission to confirm that the change of name does not affect the right of the company to benefit from the anti-dumping duty applied to the company under its previous name. The Commission examined the information supplied and concluded that the change of name in no way affects the findings of Regulation 2019/1198. The TARIC additional code B530 previously attributed to Fujian Dehua Hiap Huat Koyo Toki Co., Ltd shall apply to Luzerne (Fujian) Group Co., Ltd.

Commodity: Ironing boards, whether or not free-standing, with or without a steam-soaking and/or heating top and/or blowing top, including sleeve boards, and essential parts thereof, i.e. the legs, the top and the iron rest, currently falling within CN codes ex 3924 90 00, ex 4421 99 99, ex 7323 93 00, ex 7323 99 00, ex 8516 79 70 and ex 8516 90 00 (TARIC codes 3924900010, 4421999910, 7323930010, 7323990010, 8516797010 and 8516900051).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 2 October 2019, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation  2019/1662 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ironing boards originating in the Chinese mainland, following an expiry review. Definitive measures have been in force for this product concerned since April 2007. In July 2013, following an expiry review, the Council, by Implementing Regulation 695/2013, extended the measures for a further five years with regard to imports of ironing boards originating in mainland China and repealed the measures on imports of ironing boards originating in Ukraine. Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry, the Commission received a request for an expiry review. The request was lodged on 20 April 2018 by three Union producers (Colombo New Scal SpA, Rörets Polska Sp. z o.o. and Vale Mill (Rochdale) Ltd), said to be representing more than 50% of the total Union production of ironing boards (‘the applicants’). Among other matters, the Commission notes that, due to the non-cooperation of Chinese exporters/producers, none of them provided any information as to the actual production capacity in mainland China. There is also no publicly available information concerning ironing boards such as statistics or market studies and therefore findings had to be based on the information provided in the request and the findings of the previous expiry review, as information available in accordance with Article 18 of the Basic Anti-Dumping Regulation. According to the Commission, based on the significant production capacity in the Chinese mainland, and the ability to increase capacity without significant costs, the Chinese price behaviour to other third countries and the attractiveness of the EU market for Chinese exporters/producers, the Commission concluded that there is a strong likelihood that the repeal of the anti-dumping measures would result in a continuation of dumping. As for injury to the Union industry, the Commission concluded that the situation of the Union industry did not drastically deteriorate and that the measures with regard to Chinese imports were effective to a certain extent. It was concluded that the Union industry did not suffer material injury during the period considered, but that it remains in a fragile situation.
Rates: The rate of the definitive anti-dumping duty is set as follows: between 18.1% and 39.6% for named entities, and 42.3% for all other companies.

Dates: The Regulation entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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