MOFCOM Announcement No.62 of 2018 on Filing of Anti-dumping Investigation against Imports of Stainless Steel Billet and Hot-rolled Stainless Steel Plate (Coil) Originating in the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia

Date: 2018-07-30 01:55:28, Source: MOFCOM, Today/Total Visits : 0/153

The Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (the "MOFCOM") received, on June 22, 2018, an application for anti-dumping investigation formally submitted by Shanxi Taigang Stainless Steel Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "the Applicant") on behalf of domestic industry of stainless steel billet and hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil).The Applicant requested for an anti-dumping investigation against imports of stainless steel billet and hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil) originating in the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. In accordance with relevant provisions of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the MOFCOM conducted an investigation into the qualification of the Applicant, relevant situations of the products in question and the products of the same kind in China, impact of the imported products on domestic industry and the relevant situations of countries (regions) involved.

According to the evidence provided by the Applicant and the preliminary review of the MOFCOM, total output of the Applicant and supporting enterprises in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 accounts for more than 50% of that of the same kind in China, and therefore Article 11 and Article 13 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China on applying by domestic industry for anti-dumping investigation are met. At the same time, the application contains the contents and relevant evidence as required in Article 14 and Article 15 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China for an anti-dumping investigation.

As per the above-mentioned results, the MOFCOM decides, according to Article 16 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, to file an anti-dumping investigation against imports of stainless steel billet and hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil) originating in the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia as of July 23, 2018. Relevant matters are hereby announced as follows:

I. Filing of Investigation and Investigation Period

As of the issue date hereof, the MOFCOM files the anti-dumping investigation against imports of stainless steel billet and hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil) originating in the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. The anti-dumping investigation period determined upon the examination is from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, and the investigation period for industrial damages is from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2018.

II. Products under Investigation and Scope of Investigation

Scope of investigation: imports of stainless steel billet and hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil) originating in the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia
Name of the Products under Investigation:不锈钢钢坯 and 不锈钢热轧板/卷

English names: stainless steel billet and hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil)

Description: stainless steel billet and hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil) are alloy steels containing a carbon content of 1.2% or less by weight and 10.5% or more chromium, whether or not containing other elements, except for cold-rolled ones. Stainless steel billets are rectangular (except square) sections, or other semi-manufactured stainless steel products. Hot-rolled stainless steel plate (coil) is made of stainless steel billet after hot rolling and other processes, rolled or plate-like, regardless of width and thickness.

Main purposes: They are mainly used in the following two circumstances: firstly, they are materials of cold-rolled stainless steel, and will be made into cold rolled stainless steel products after cold rolling process. The other to sell directly as a final product; they are mainly used in vessels, containers, railways, electricity, petroleum, petrochemical and other industries.

The products are listed under tariff numbers of 72189100, 72189900, 72191100, 72191200, 72191312, 72191319, 72191322, 72191329, 72191412, 72191419, 72191422, 72191429, 72192100, 72192200, 72192300, 72192410, 72192420, 72192430, 72201100 and 72201200 in the Customs Import and Export Tariff of the People's Republic of China.

III. Registration for Participating in the Investigation

Any interested party may register with the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce for participating in this round of anti-dumping investigation within 20 days after the date of release hereof. Interested parties participating in the investigation are required to provide basic identity information, quantity and amount of the products under investigation exported to or importing from China, quantity and amount of similar products produced and sold and relationship and other illustrative materials based on the Reference Format of the Registration to Participate in the Investigation, which can be downloaded from the related website (URL attached, the same below).

For the purposes hereof, the interested parties are individuals and organizations as defined in Article 19 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China.

IV. Access to Public Information

The interested parties can download the unclassified text of the application submitted by the Applicant through the relevant websites, or search, read, transcribe and copy the same in the MOFCOM Trade Relief Public Information Office (Tel.: 0086-10-65197878). In the process of investigation, the interested parties can refer to public information about the case through the relevant websites, or search, read, transcribe and copy the same in the MOFCOM Trade Relief Public Information Office.

V. Comments

If any interested party has any comments on the product scope, the qualification of the Applicant, countries (regions) covered by the investigation regarding this investigation and other related questions, it may submit its opinions in written form to Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce within 20 days after the date of release hereof.

VI. Investigation Methods

In accordance with Article 20 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the MOFCOM may get to know the related situation and conduct investigation via questionnaire, sampling, hearing, site investigation and other manners from the interested parties.

In order to obtain the information required for the investigation of this case, the MOFCOM usually issues questionnaires within 10 working days from the deadline for registering for participating in the investigation as prescribed herein, to overseas importers or producers and domestic manufacturers and importers. Interested parties registered can download the questionnaire from the relevant sites.

Information inquired in the Questionnaire for Foreign Exporters or Producers of the Anti-dumping Case of Stainless Steel Billet and Hot-rolled Stainless Steel Plate (Coil) includes such matters as organization and operation of the company, products under investigation, export sales to China, domestic sales, operation and financial information, production costs and relevant expenses, estimated dumping margin and verification sheets as well as other contents. The information inquired in the Questionnaire for Domestic Producers of the Anti-dumping Case of Stainless Steel Billet and Hot-rolled Stainless Steel Plate (Coil) includes the basic information of the company, details of the domestic products of the same kind, operation and relevant information, financial and relevant information as well as other issues required to be stated. The information inquired in the Questionnaire for Domestic Importers of the Anti-dumping Case of Stainless Steel Billet and Hot-rolled Stainless Steel Plate (Coil) includes the basic information of the company, the trading information of the products under investigation and relevant information.

Other interested parties who do not register for participating in the investigation can download the questionnaire from the related websites, or obtain the same from the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce and fill in the same as required.

All the companies are required to submit complete and accurate answers within the time as specified. Answers shall include all the information as required by the questionnaires.

VII. Submission and Processing of Confidential Information

Where it is necessary to keep confidential the information submitted by the interested parties to the MOFCOM, they may request the MOFCOM to make confidential treatments and explain the reasons. If the MOFCOM agrees on its request, the interested party applying for confidentiality shall provide non-confidential summary of the confidential information at the same time. Non-confidential summary shall contain sufficient and meaningful information to enable other interested parties to have a reasonable understanding of the confidential information. If the non-confidential summary cannot be provided, reasons shall be made clear. If the interested party does not require for confidential treatment for the information it has submitted, the MOFCOM will consider the said information as public information.

VIII. Consequences of Non-cooperation

In accordance with Article 21 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, when the MOFCOM makes an investigation, an interested party shall faithfully reflect situations and provide relevant materials. If an interested party fails to do so, fails to provide necessary information within a reasonable time, or seriously impedes an investigation in any other way, the MOFCOM may give a ruling according to facts already obtained and the best information available.

IX. Investigation Period

This investigation starts on July 23, 2018, and usually ends prior to July 23, 2019; however, the investigation can be extended to January 23, 2020 under special circumstances.

X. Contact Information

Address: No. 2 Dong Chang'an Avenue, Beijing, China
Postal code: 100731
Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce
Tel.: 0086-10-65198062, 65198409
Fax: 0086-10-65198172
Related websites: The Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau sub-website of the MOFCOM website (http://trb.mofcom.gov.cn).
China Trade Remedy Information Network (http://www.cacs.mofcom.gov.cn)

Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China
July 23, 2018


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