MOFCOM Announcement No.68 of 2018 on Case-filing of the Final Review of the Anti-dumping Measures against Imports of Polyvinyl Chloride Originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan Region

Date: 2018-10-16 01:41:50, Source: MOFCOM, Today/Total Visits : 0/57

On September 29, 2003, the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (the MOFCOM or the "Investigation Authority") issued Announcement No.48 of 2003, deciding to conduct anti-dumping measures against imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Russia and Taiwan region for 5 years from September 29, 2003.

On September 29, 2009, the Investigation Authority issued Announcement No.69 of 2009, deciding to conduct anti-dumping measures against imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Russia and Taiwan region for 5 years from September 29, 2009.

On September 28, 2015, the Investigation Authority issued Announcement No.36 of 2015, deciding to conduct anti-dumping measures against imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan region for 3 years from September 29, 2015. The anti-dumping measures on the imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in Russia were terminated as of September 29, 2015.

On March 15, 2018, the MOFCOM issued Announcement No.30 of 2018, announcing that the anti-dumping measures against imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan region will expire on September 28, 2018. In accordance with the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, if it is determined upon review that the termination of collection of anti-dumping duties may lead to the continuance or re-occurrence of dumping and injury, the period for collection of anti-dumping duties may be properly extended. The domestic industry or any natural person, legal person or relevant organization on behalf of the domestic industry may file a written application for expiry review to the MOFCOM 60 days prior to the expiration of the anti-dumping measures since the date hereof.

On July 27, 2018, the MOFCOM received a formal application for expiry review on anti-dumping measures officially submitted by Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co., Ltd., Xinjiang Tianye (Group) Co., Ltd., Shannxi Beiyuan Chemical Group Co., Ltd., Tianjin Dagu Chemical Co., Ltd. and Yibin Tianyuan Group Co., Ltd. on behalf of polyvinyl chloride industry in mainland China. The applicants claimed that, if the anti-dumping measures against imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan Region are terminated; the dumping behavior and injury to the industry in China might continue or reoccur, and requested the MOFCOM to maintain the anti-dumping measures against imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan region.

In accordance with the relevant provisions of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the MOFCOM reviewed the qualifications of the applicants, the products under investigation, similar domestic products, the imports of the products under investigation during the implementation of the anti-dumping measures, the possibility of continuity or reoccurrence of dumping, the possibility of continuity or reoccurrence of damages or related evidence. Current evidence shows that the applicants meet the provisions specified in Article 11, Article 13 and Article 17 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China on industry and industry representativeness, and therefore, they are eligible to apply on behalf of Chinese polyvinyl chloride industry. The Investigation Authority believes that the applicants' claims and the prima facie evidence submitted are in conformity with the requirements for an expiry review.

According to Article 48 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the MOFCOM decides to conduct an expiry review investigation into the anti-dumping measures imposed on the imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan region as of September 29, 2018. Relevant matters are hereby announced as follows:

I. Continuous Implementation of the Anti-dumping Measures
As suggested by the MOFCOM and decided by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council, during the expiry review investigation of the anti-dumping measures, the imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan region will still be subject to anti-dumping duties within the scope and at the rate released in the MOFCOM Announcement No.48 of 2003, MOFCOM Announcement No.69 of 2009 and MOFCOM Announcement No.36 of 2015.

II. Review Investigation Period
The anti-dumping investigation period for this review is from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, and the investigation period for industrial damages is from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

III. Product Scope Covered by the Review
Products covered by the review are the same as those to which the anti-dumping measures as released in the MOFCOM Announcement No.48 of 2003, MOFCOM Announcement No.69 of 2009 and MOFCOM Announcement No.36 of 2015 are subject.

IV. Review Contents
This review aims to make clear that whether dumping and injury may continue or occur again in the case of the termination of the anti-dumping measures imposed on the imports of polyvinyl chloride originating in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan region.

V. 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 expiry review 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 mainland China, quantity and amount of similar products produced and sold and relationship during the dumping investigation period and other illustrative materials based on the Reference Format of the Registration to Participate in the Investigation, which can be downloaded from the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau sub-website of the MOFCOM website (http://trb.mofcom.gov.cn).
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.

VI. Access to Public Information
The interested parties can download the unclassified text of the application submitted by the applicants 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.

VII. Comments
If any interested party has any comments on the product scope and category, the qualification of the applicants, countries 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.

VIII. 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 exporters or producers, domestic manufacturers and importers, downstream users and other interested organizations and individuals. Interested parties registered can download the questionnaire from the relevant sites.

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.

IX. 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 their 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.

X. 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.

XI. Investigation Period
This investigation starts on September 29, 2018, and usually ends prior to September 28, 2019.

XII. Contact Information
No.1 Import Investigation Office, Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce
Address: No. 2 Dong Chang'an Avenue, Beijing, China
Postal code: 100731
Tel: 86-10-65198924 65198760
Fax: 86-10-65198172


Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China
September 28, 2018


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