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Anti-dumping Actions

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 90 98, ex 7323 93 00, ex 7323 99 00, ex 8516 79 70 and ex 8516 90 00 (TARIC codes 3924 90 00 10, 4421 90 98 10, 7323 93 00 10, 7323 99 00 10, 8516 79 70 10 and 8516 90 00 51). This description is found in Article 1 of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 695/2013.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 26 October 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of the impending expiry of anti-dumping measures targeting the import of ironing boards from the Chinese mainland. The Commission has given notice that, unless a review is initiated in accordance with the following procedure, the anti-dumping measures expire on 24 July 2018. Union producers may lodge a written request for a review. This request must contain sufficient evidence that the expiry of the measures would be likely to result in a continuation or recurrence of dumping and injury. Should the Commission decide to review the measures concerned, importers, exporters, representatives of the exporting country and Union producers will then be provided with the opportunity to amplify, rebut or comment on the matters set out in the review request.

Dates: Union producers may submit a written request for a review on the above basis, to reach the European Commission at any time from the date of the publication of the notice but no later than three months before the scheduled date of expiry which is 24 July 2018.

 

Commodity: Ceramic tableware and kitchenware currently falling within 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 6911 10 00 90, 6912 00 21 11, 6912 00 21 91, 6912 00 23 10, 6912 00 25 10 and 6912 00 29 10). For the list of goods that are excluded, please see Article 1 of Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1932.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 24 October 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1932 amending Council Implementing Regulation 412/2013. The latter Regulation is the original Regulation imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the Chinese mainland. Following a request lodged by the Kyocera Fineceramics Group (‘the applicant’ or ‘Kyocera’), the Commission initiated a partial interim review. The group includes Dongguan Shilong Kyocera Co. Ltd, an exporting producer in the Chinese mainland. The review was limited to the examination of the product scope as regards the clarification of whether certain product types (i.e. ceramic slicers, ceramic graters, ceramic scissors, ceramic scrapers, ceramic sharpeners and ceramic coffee mills or, together, ‘the product types in question’) fall within the scope of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the Chinese mainland. The review investigation has established that, due to their different physical, technical and chemical characteristics, different end-uses and different production process, the product types in question do not fall within the product scope of the antidumping measures in force. It is considered appropriate that the findings of the review be applied from the date of the entry into force of the original Regulation, including any imports subject to provisional duties between 16 November 2012 and 16 May 2013. The Commission has not found any overriding reason preventing the application of such retroactive provision. Consequently, it states that, for goods not covered by Article 1(1) of the original Regulation as amended by the newly published Regulation, the definitive anti-dumping duty paid or entered in the accounts pursuant to Article 1(1) of the original Regulation 412/2013 and the provisional antidumping duties definitively collected pursuant to Article 2 of the same Regulation should be repaid or remitted. Repayment or remission must be requested from national customs authorities in accordance with applicable customs legislation.

Dates: New Regulation 2017/1932 entered into force on the day following its publication in the Official Journal.

 

Commodity: Ceramic tableware and kitchenware, excluding ceramic knives, ceramic condiment or spice mills and their ceramic grinding parts, ceramic peelers, ceramic knife sharpeners and cordierite ceramic pizza-stones of a kind used for baking pizza or bread, currently falling within CN codes ex 6911 10 00, ex 6912 00 10, ex 6912 00 30, ex 6912 00 50 and ex 6912 00 90 (TARIC codes 6911 10 00 90, 6912 00 10 11, 6912 00 10 91, 6912 00 30 10, 6912 00 50 10 and 6912 00 90 10). This description is found in Regulation 412/2013.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: The Official Journal has published a corrigendum to a notice concerning the anti-dumping measures in force on imports into the Union of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the Chinese mainland: change of the name of a company subject to the anti-dumping duty rate for cooperating non-sampled companies. The corrigendum slightly amends the name of a company.

Dates: The corrigendum was published on 21 October 2017.

 

Commodity: Certain pneumatic tyres, new or retreaded, of rubber, of a kind used for buses or lorries, with a load index exceeding 121 (or “new and retreaded tyres”) currently falling within CN codes 4011 20 90 and ex 4012 12 00.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: The Official Journal has published a corrigendum to the notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of new and retreaded tyres for buses or lorries originating in the Chinese mainland, which was published on 11 August 2017. The corrigendum amends the wording of the product under investigation on page 14 of the notice. 

Dates: The corrigendum was published on 21 October 2017.

 

Commodity: Cycles, with pedal assistance, with an auxiliary electric motor, currently falling within CN codes 8711 60 10 and ex 8711 60 90 (TARIC code 8711609010).

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 20 October 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of electric bicycles originating in the Chinese mainland. The complaint was lodged on 8 September 2017 by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (‘EBMA’) on behalf of producers (‘the complainants’) said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of electric bicycles. The information available to the European Commission contains a comparison of the normal value with the export price (at ex-works level) of the product under investigation when sold for export to the Union. On this basis the dumping margins calculated are, according to the Commission, significant. The complainants have, it is stated, provided evidence that imports of the product under investigation have increased overall both in absolute terms and have increased in terms of market share. The prima facie evidence provided by the complainants apparently shows that the volume and the prices of the imported product under investigation have had, among other consequences, a negative impact on the quantities sold, the level of prices charged and the market share held by the Union industry, resulting in substantial adverse effects on the overall performance and the financial situation of the Union industry. The Commission envisages using sampling, the details of which should be examined in the notice.

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 in the Official Journal. All interested parties may request to be heard by the Commission investigation services. Any request to be heard should be made in writing and should specify the reasons for the request. For hearings on issues pertaining to the initial stage of the investigation the request must be submitted within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice in the Official Journal. Thereafter, a request to be heard must be submitted within the specific deadlines set by the Commission in its communication with the parties. The investigation will be concluded within 15 months of the date of the publication of the notice. Provisional measures may be imposed no later than nine months from the publication of the notice.

 

Commodity: Certain pneumatic tyres, new or retreaded, of rubber, of a kind used for buses or lorries, with a load index exceeding 121 (or ‘new and retreaded tyres’) currently falling within CN code(s) 4011 20 90 and ex 4012 12 00.

Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.

Action: On 14 October 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an anti-subsidy proceeding. The European Commission received a complaint alleging that imports of the product concerned are being subsidised and are thereby causing material injury to the Union industry.  The complaint was lodged on 31 August 2017 by the coalition against unfair tyres imports (‘the complainant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 45% of the total Union production of new and retreaded tyres for buses or lorries. The complaint is said to include sufficient evidence that the producers of the product concerned have benefitted from a number of subsidies granted by the Government of the Chinese mainland. The Commission has prepared a memorandum on sufficiency of evidence, which contains an analysis of all the evidence at the disposal of the Commission, including evidence from available sources other than the complaint. This memorandum can be found in the file for inspection by interested parties. The complainant further contends that the alleged measures amount to subsidies since they involve a financial contribution from the Government or other regional and local governments (including public bodies) and confer a benefit to the exporting producers of the product under investigation. They are alleged to be limited to only certain enterprises or industry or group of enterprises and are therefore specific and countervailable. On this basis, states the notice, the alleged subsidy amounts appear to be significant. The Commission envisages using the sampling procedure. For full details please see the notice of initiation.

Dates: Subject to the provisions of the notice, all interested parties are 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 in the Official Journal. All interested parties may request to be heard by the Commission investigation services. Any request to be heard should be made in writing and should specify the reasons for the request. For hearings on issues pertaining to the initial stage of the investigation the request must be submitted within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice. Thereafter, a request to be heard must be submitted within the specific deadlines set by the Commission in its communication with the parties. The investigation will be concluded within 13 months of the date of the publication of the notice. Provisional measures may be imposed no later than nine months from the publication of the notice.

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