China — Measures Imposing Anti-Dumping Duties on High-Performance Stainless Steel Seamless Tubes (ôHP-SSSTö) from Japan

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Complaint by Japan.

On 20 December 2012, Japan requested consultations with China concerning measures imposing anti-dumping duties on high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (“HP-SSST”) from Japan, as set forth in Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) Notice No. 21 [2012] and Notice No. 72 [2012], including any and all annexes and any amendments thereof.

Japan claims that the measures are inconsistent with:

  • Articles 1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 5.3, 5.8, 6.5, 6.5.1, 6.8, 6.9, 7.4, 12.2 and 12.2.2 of the Anti‑Dumping Agreement; and
  • Article VI of the GATT 1994.

On 15 January 2013, the European Union requested to join the consultations.  Subsequently, China informed the DSB that it had accepted the request of the European Union to join the consultations. On 11 April 2013, Japan requested the establishment of a panel.  At its meeting on 24 April 2013, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

At its meeting on 24 May 2013, the DSB established a panel.  The European Union, India, Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States reserved their third party rights.  Subsequently, Saudi Arabia and Turkey reserved their third party rights. On 17 July 2013, Japan requested the Director‑General to compose the panel. On 29 July 2013, the Director-General composed the panel.


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