WTO: 2012 NEWS ITEMS

ANTI-DUMPING


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During the review, the following concerns were raised:

  • Japan complained that Australia’s anti-dumping duty from Japan had been in place for 20 years, and that Japan’s share in the Australian market had decreased to 0.5 per cent. It urged the revocation of the measure. Australia invited Japan to bilateral talks on this issue.
  • Turkey expressed concerns about Brazil’s on-going investigation on viscose yarn from Turkey, and reserved all its rights. Brazil said it was willing to talk about this issue with Turkey.
  • The United States said it was deeply troubled by what it described as lack of due process in China’s anti-dumping actions, and in particular the imposition last December of anti-dumping measures on imports of some $3 billion worth of US automobiles. Separately, Japan and the European Union expressed concerns over China’s anti-dumping investigations on photographic paper and paper board, and on certain high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes, respectively. China said it had improved practices to ensure the rights of parties concerned in anti-dumping investigations, and maintained that its anti-dumping measures were consistent with the WTO. It said that it imposed anti-dumping duties on US automobiles because imports were rising rapidly and per-unit price was going down. Regarding the photographic paper, it said its investigation was fair and that the final determination would be based on facts.
  • Turkey said that because of deficiencies in the investigation, the Dominican Republic should revoke its anti-dumping measure on steel rods and beams from Turkey.
  • China said that 20 years of EU anti-dumping duty on bicycles from China was a case of overprotection, adding that Chinese bicycle exports to the EU had decreased considerably. It also expressed concern that the EU’s anti-dumping investigation on ironing boards was targeting only one Chinese company, which it said was in violation of the Agreement.  The EU said that the measures in question were consistent with the WTO.
  • Turkey expressed concern about the Indian anti-dumping measure on soda ash from Turkey, adding that such measures should not be used as disguised protectionism. Norway said that India’s anti-dumping action on caustic soda from Norway was the first time India has initiated such an action against Norway. It maintained that Norwegian companies did not export caustic soda to India during the period under investigation. India said that its anti-dumping procedures were consistent with the WTO.
  • China expressed concerns regarding Mexico’s anti-dumping investigations on graphite electrodes and coaxial cables, respectively. The United States said that its companies have communicated serious concerns regarding the dumping margin calculations by the Mexican authorities on chicken legs and thighs from the US. Mexico said its measures were fully in line with WTO rules.
  • Turkey said that Ukraine did not meet the WTO criteria in its investigation on float glass from Turkey, and urged termination of the anti-dumping measure.
  • Japan said that while it welcomed the United States’ revocation of anti-dumping duty on steel plate from Japan early this year, it continued to be concerned about four US measures on Japanese products that were more than 20 years old. The United States said the situation could be explained by the lack of participation of Japanese companies in US sunset reviews. Japan said that there was little interest from Japanese companies because they believe there was little chance the US measures in question would be allowed to lapse.

The Committee reviewed notifications of anti-dumping legislation from Australia, India, the United States and Ecuador, and notifications on preliminary and final anti-dumping actions submitted by 18 members.

The Committee Chairman, Mr. Subhas Gujadhur (Mauritius), reported on meetings held by the Working Group on Implementation and the Informal Group on Anti-Circumvention, respectively. He said that the Working Group on Implementation had a good discussion on three new papers: two submitted by Colombia (on Article 3.5 “Other Known Causes of Injury” and on Article 11.3 “Sunset Reviews,” respectively) and one by New Zealand (regarding Article 5.3 “Accuracy and Adequacy Test”).

The Committee elected Mr Shai Moses (Israel) as its new chair.

 

 

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