21 Jan 2020
Commodity: Citric acid and trisodium citrate dihydrate, currently falling under CN codes 2918 14 00 and ex 2918 15 00 (TARIC code 2918150011 and 2918150019).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 20 January 2020, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of citric acid originating in the Chinese mainland. Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry of the anti-dumping measures in force, the European Commission received a request for a review. The request was lodged on 21 October 2019 by N.V. Citrique Belge S.A. and Jungbunzlauer Austria AG (‘the applicants’), said to be representing 100% of the total Union production of citric acid. The measures currently in force are a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Commission Implementing Regulation 2015/82. The applicants have claimed that it is not appropriate to use domestic prices and costs in the Chinese mainland, due to the existence of significant distortions within the meaning of the EU’s basic anti-dumping Regulation. To substantiate the allegations of significant distortions, the applicants relied on the information contained in the country report produced by the European Commission services on 20 December 2017 describing the specific market circumstances in the Chinese mainland. In particular, the applicants claimed that the production and sale of the product under review is affected by the distortions in the Chinese raw materials, petrochemical and chemical sectors. In addition, the applicants relied on reports issued by the US authorities in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings with regard to imports of citric acid and certain citrate salts from the Chinese mainland. As a result, the dumping margins calculated are significant for the country concerned. 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, the use of domestic prices and costs in the Chinese mainland is inappropriate.
Dates: Subject to the provisions of the notice, all interested parties have been invited to make their views known, submit information and provide supporting evidence. Unless otherwise specified, this information and supporting evidence must reach the Commission within 37 days of the date of publication of the notice. Please examine the notice of initiation for further information including applicable time limits and deadlines. 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: Peroxosulphates (persulphates), including potassium peroxymonosulphate sulphate, currently falling under CN codes 2833 40 00 and ex 2842 90 80 (TARIC code 2842908020).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 17 January 2020, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/39 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of peroxosulphates (persulphates) originating in the Chinese mainland following an expiry review. It will be recalled that in October 2007, the Council imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on the imports concerned. In December 2013, the Council, following an expiry review, extended the anti-dumping measures. Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry of the measure in force, RheinPerChemie GmbH and United Initiators GmbH (‘the applicants’), said to be representing 100% of the total Union production of peroxosulphates, requested the initiation of an expiry review. They argued that the expiry of the measures would likely result in continuation or recurrence of dumping and injury to the Union industry. On the basis of its expiry review investigation, the Commission concluded that the repeal of the measures on the imports from the Chinese mainland would likely result in a recurrence of material injury to the Union industry in a short period of time. It follows from its findings that the anti-dumping measures applicable to peroxosulphates originating in mainland China should, according to the Commission, be maintained.
Rates: The definitive anti-dumping duty is 0% for ABC Chemicals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, Shanghai, 24.5% for United Initiators Shanghai Co., Ltd, and 71.8% for all other companies.
Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/39 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.