In accordance with the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the "Anti-dumping Regulations"), on January 23, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce (hereinafter referred to as the "Investigation Authority" or the "MOFCOM") issued Announcement No.6 of 2018, deciding to carry out anti-dumping investigation against imports of ortho dichlorobenzene (hereinafter referred to as the “Products under Investigation” or "ODCB") originating in Japan and India.
The Investigation Authority has investigated into the existence of dumping and dumping margin, the existence of damage to China's domestic ODCB industry caused by the products under investigation and the extent of such damage, as well as the causal relationship between the dumping and the damage. The Investigation Authority has made a preliminary ruling (see the Annex) according to the investigation findings and Article 24 of the Anti-dumping Regulations. Relevant matters are hereby announced as follows:
I. Preliminary ruling
The Investigation Authority preliminarily ruled that there was dumping of ODCB originating in Japan and India and the domestic ODCB industry was substantially damaged, and there was causal relationship between the dumping and the substantive damage.
II. Levying of margin
The Investigation Authority decides to carry out interim anti-dumping measures by levying margin according to Article 28 and Article 29 of the Anti-dumping Regulations. As of October 12, 2018, import operators shall pay relevant margin to the Customs of the People's Republic of China at the rate determined by this ruling for each company when importing the Products under Investigation.
Details of the products under investigation are as follows:
Scope of investigation: imports of ODCB originating in Japan and India.
Name of the Products under Investigation: 邻二氯苯.
Names in English: Ortho Dichlorobenzene, 1,2-Dichlorobenzene, O-Dichlorobenzene, etc. (ODCB for short)
Molecular structure: C6H4Cl2
Chemical structural formula:
Description: ODCB is an organic chemical product; from its appearance, it is usually colorless and volatile liquid, insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol, ether and most other organic solvents.
Main purposes: ODCB can be used to produce chemical products such as 3,4-dichloronitrobenzene, 2,3-dichloronitrobenzene, fluoroaniline, 2,4-dichloro-5-fluoroacetophenone and the like, and then used in pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes and many other fields. At the same time, ODCB is also an excellent organic solvent (for examples, dye solvents, TDI solvents, etc.).
The product is listed under tariff number of 29039110 in the Customs Import and Export Tariff of the People’s Republic of China.
Rates of margin imposed on companies are as follows:
1. KUREHA CORPORATION 70.4 %
2. All others 70.4%
Indian companies: 31.9%
III. Methods on levying of margin
As of October 12, 2018, import operators shall pay relevant margin to the Customs of the People’s Republic of China according to the dumping margin determined by this ruling for each company when importing ODCB originating in Japan and India. The margin is levied by means of ad valorem on the basis of dutiable value authorized by China Customs, and the formula is: margin = (dutiable value authorized by the Customs * levying rate)* (1+ import value-added tax rate).
An interested party may submit written comments to the Investigation Authority within 10 days from the promulgation date hereof.
Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China
October 8, 2018