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Commodity: Glazed and unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; glazed and unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing, currently falling within HS code 6907. This HS code is valid as of 1 January 2017 and replaces the CN codes 6907 10 00, 6907 90 20, 6907 90 80, 6908 10 00, 6908 90 11, 6908 90 20, 6908 90 31, 6908 90 51, 6908 90 91, 6908 90 93 and 6908 90 99 mentioned in the original investigation and in the notice of initiation.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 23 November 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/2179 of 22 November 2017 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ceramic tiles originating in the Chinese mainland following an expiry review. The Council had already imposed, by means of Implementing Regulation 917/2011, a definitive anti-dumping duty on the product concerned. Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry of the anti-dumping measures in force, the Commission received a request for the initiation of an expiry review. The request was lodged by the European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Federation (‘the applicant’ or ‘CET’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of ceramic tiles. The request was based on the grounds that the expiry of the measures would be likely to result in a continuation or recurrence of dumping and continuation or recurrence of injury to the Union industry. In its conclusion on dumping during the review period, the Commission found that Chinese exporting producers (at higher volume than in the original investigation) continued to export ceramic tiles to the Union at dumped prices during the review investigation period. The Commission further analysed whether there was a likelihood of continuation of dumping should the measures be allowed to lapse. When doing so, it looked into the Chinese production capacity and spare capacity, the behaviour of Chinese exporters on other markets, the situation on the domestic market of mainland China and the attractiveness of the Union market. Most of the findings set out in the Regulation concerning the continuation or the recurrence of dumping were based on Eurostat data, the Chinese Export Database and the information submitted by the Union Industry in the review request. The investigation showed that the prices of Chinese exports of ceramic tiles to the Union and to the Chinese mainland’s main export markets were below the normal value established during the review investigation period. Furthermore, the production capacity and production were still increasing in mainland China. The export volume was rather stable and there are no indications that the Chinese domestic consumption would be able to absorb the enormous quantities produced and in stock. Moreover, it is stated that interested parties have not been able to explain how these quantities could be otherwise absorbed without posing a threat to the Union. On that basis and in absence of any comments from interested parties, the Commission considered it is likely that significant volumes of Chinese ceramic tiles would be exported to the Union at dumped prices in case the measures were allowed to lapse. As for injury to the Union industry, on the basis of the review’s findings, the Commission has maintained that the repeal of the measures would in all likelihood result in a recurrence of injury to the Union industry.

Rates: The rate of the anti-dumping duty ranges from 13.9% to 36.5% for named entities, and is set at 69.7% for all other companies.

Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/2179 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

 

Commodity: Tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, of austenitic stainless steel grades, corresponding to AISI types 304, 304L, 316, 316L, 316Ti, 321 and 321H and their equivalent in the other norms, with a greatest external diameter not exceeding 406,4 mm and a wall thickness of 16 mm or less, with a roughness average (Ra) of the internal surface not less than 0,8 micrometres, not flanged, whether or not finished. The product falls under CN codes ex 7307 23 10 and ex 7307 23 90 (Taric codes 7307231015, 7307231025, 7307239015, 7307239025).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland and Taiwan.

Action: On 21 November 2017, the Official Journal published a corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/141 of 26 January 2017 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain stainless steel tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, whether or not finished, originating in the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. The corrigendum corrects text that is currently found on page 52 of Regulation 2017/141, in Article 1(1), concerning the commodity description.

 

Commodity: Tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, of austenitic stainless steel grades, corresponding to AISI types 304, 304L, 316, 316L, 316Ti, 321 and 321H and their equivalent in the other norms, with a greatest external diameter not exceeding 406,4 mm and a wall thickness of 16 mm or less, with a roughness average (Ra) of the internal surface not less than 0,8 micrometres, not flanged, whether or not finished.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland and Taiwan.

Action: On 21 November 2017, the Official Journal published a corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/659 of 6 April 2017 amending Implementing Regulation 2017/141 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain stainless steel tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, whether or not finished, originating in the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. The corrigendum corrects text that is currently found on page 9, in Article 1, i.e., the text replacing Article 1(1) of Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/141 (concerning the commodity description).

 

Commodity: Citric acid and trisodium citrate dihydrate, currently falling within CN codes 2918 14 00 and ex 2918 15 00 (TARIC code 2918150010).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: The Official Journal has published a notice concerning the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of citric acid originating in the Chinese mainland. The notice concerns the change of address of a company subject to an individual anti-dumping duty rate. Imports of citric acid are subject to an anti-dumping duty imposed by Implementing Regulation 2015/82. RZBC (Juxian) Co., Ltd, TARIC additional code A877, a company subject to an individual anti-dumping duty rate of 36.8% following Regulation 2015/82, notified the Commission of its change of address from ‘No 209 Laiyang Road (West Side of North Chengyang Road), Juxian Economic Development Zone, Rizhao City, Shandong Province, PRC’ to ‘No 209 Laiyang Road, Juxian Economic Development Zone, Rizhao City, Shandong Province, PRC’. The company argued that its change of address does not affect its right to continue to benefit from the individual anti-dumping duty rate. The Commission has examined the information supplied and concluded that the change of address in no way affects the findings of Regulation 2015/82.

Dates: The notice was published on 18 November 2017.

 

Commodity: Citric acid and trisodium citrate dihydrate, currently falling within CN codes 2918 14 00 and ex 2918 15 00 (TARIC code 2918150010).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: The Official Journal has published a notice concerning undertakings offered in connection with the anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of citric acid originating in the Chinese mainland. The notice relates to the change of address of a company that has offered an undertaking. The undertakings offered in the framework of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of citric acid were accepted by Implementing Decision 2015/87. RZBC (Juxian) Co., Ltd, TARIC additional code A927, a company located in the Chinese mainland, whose undertaking was accepted by Decision 2015/87, notified the Commission of its change of address from ‘No 209 Laiyang Road (West Side of North Chengyang Road), Juxian Economic Development Zone, Rizhao City, Shandong Province, PRC’ to ‘No 209 Laiyang Road, Juxian Economic Development Zone, Rizhao City, Shandong Province, PRC’. The company argued that its change of address does not affect its right to continue to benefit from the terms of the undertaking accepted under its previous address. The Commission has examined the information supplied and concluded that the change of address in no way affects the findings of Decision 2015/87.

Dates: The notice was published on 18 November 2017.

 

Commodity: Certain seamless pipes and tubes of stainless steel, currently falling within CN codes ex 7304 11 00, ex 7304 22 00, ex 7304 24 00, ex 7304 41 00, ex 7304 49 10, ex 7304 49 93, ex 7304 49 95, ex 7304 49 99 and ex 7304 90 00 (TARIC codes: 7304110011, 7304110019, 7304220021, 7304220029, 7304240021, 7304240029, 7304410091, 7304491091, 7304499391, 7304499591, 7304499991 and 7304900091).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland, India.

Action: On 16 November 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/2093 terminating the investigation concerning possible circumvention of the anti-dumping measures imposed by Council Implementing Regulation 1331/2011 on imports of certain seamless pipes and tubes of stainless steel originating in the Chinese mainland by imports consigned from India, whether declared as originating in India or not, and terminating the registration of such imports imposed by Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/272. It may be recalled that on 3 January 2017 the Defence Committee of the seamless stainless steel tubes industry of the European Union (‘the applicant’) submitted a request for an anti-circumvention investigation to the European Commission, indicating that the anti-dumping measures on imports of certain seamless pipes and tubes of stainless steel originating in the Chinese mainland were being circumvented via India. The request provided prima facie evidence that, following the imposition of the measures in force, a significant change in the pattern of trade involving exports from the Chinese mainland and India to the Union occurred, which seemed to be caused by the imposition of the measures in force. There was allegedly insufficient due cause or justification other than the imposition of the measures in force for such a change. The Commission thus initiated an anti-circumvention investigation by means of Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/272. Pursuant to its findings, the Commission has stated that the current anti-circumvention investigation should be terminated. Therefore, the investigation initiated by Implementing Regulation 2017/272 concerning the possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures, is terminated and customs authorities are directed to discontinue the registration of imports established in accordance with Article 2 of Implementing Regulation 2017/272.

Dates: Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/2093 entered into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal.

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