• Divyashree Suri

Trade Remedies Investigations: 1st-7th May 2020

It's relatively been a dry week for trade remedy investigations. There is not much to discuss from EU and Canada this week, but there is some interesting news coming in from USA, Australia, and India. USA has made affirmative findings for all its anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations this week. India has published its final findings in a sunset review investigation concerning ‘Sodium Citrate’ from China PR. Interestingly, Australia initiated an anti-circumvention investigation concerning China PR. Details are as follows:

(Note: Relevant notices and documents are hyperlinked- click to visit!)


USA

1) Final Results of the Expedited Second Sunset Review of the Anti-Dumping Duty Order concerning Tow-Behind Lawn Groomers and Certain Parts Thereof from China PR (85 FR 26928, May 6, 2020)

The original anti-dumping duty order was published in the Federal Register on 3rd August 2009. In the second sunset review of the anti-dumping duty against the said products from China PR, the Department of Commerce found that the discontinuation of the anti-dumping duty would be ‘likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping’.


2) Final Results of the Expedited Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order concerning Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from China PR; Final Results of the Expedited Sunset Review of the Anti-Dumping Duty Order concerning Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from China PR and Taiwan (85 FR 26929; 85 FR 26938, May 6, 2020)

The original countervailing duty order and anti-dumping duty order were both published in the Federal Register on 18th February 2015. In the sunset review of the countervailing duty and of certain solar products from China PR, the Department of Commerce found that a discontinuation of the countervailing duty would be ‘likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies’. In the sunset review of the anti-dumping duty and of certain solar products from China PR and Taiwan as well, the Department of Commerce came to the same conclusion.


3) Final Results of the Expedited Second Sunset Review of the Anti-Dumping Duty Order concerning Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet and Strip from China PR and UAE (85 FR 26927, May 6, 2020)

The original anti-dumping duty order was published in the Federal Register on 10th November 2008. In the second sunset review of the anti-dumping duty against the said products from China PR and UAE, the Department of Commerce found that the discontinuation of the anti-dumping duty would be ‘likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping’.


4) Final Results of the Expedited Third Sunset Review of the Anti-Dumping Duty Order concerning Barium Carbonate from China PR (85 FR 26666, May 5, 2020)

The original anti-dumping duty order was published in the Federal Register on 1st October 2003. In the third sunset review of the anti-dumping duty against the said products from China PR, the Department of Commerce found that the discontinuation of the anti-dumping duty would be ‘likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping’.


5) Final Results of the Expedited Third Sunset Review of the Anti-Dumping Duty Order concerning Ferrovanadium from South Africa and China PR (85 FR 26667, May 5, 2020)

In the third sunset review of the anti-dumping duty against the said products from China PR and South Africa, the Department of Commerce found that the discontinuation of the anti-dumping duty would be ‘likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping’.


6) Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Final Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances in the Anti-Dumping Duty Investigation of Certain Quartz Surface Products from India; Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Quartz Surface Products from India (85 FR 25391; 85 FR 25398, May 1, 2020)

As a part of the anti-dumping investigations, Department of Commerce determined that the products are being imported from India into USA at ‘Less than Fair Value’ and estimated the weighted-average dumping margins for individual exporters, as well as the All Others Rate. In the countervailing duty investigations as well, the Department of Commerce made an affirmative determination.


7) Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Final Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances in the Anti-Dumping Duty Investigation of Certain Quartz Surface Products from Turkey; Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Quartz Surface Products from Turkey (85 FR 25389; 85 FR 25400, May 1, 2020)

As a part of the anti-dumping investigations, Department of Commerce determined that the products are being imported from India into USA at ‘Less than Fair Value’ and estimated the weighted-average dumping margins for individual exporters, as well as the All Others Rate. In the countervailing duty investigations as well, the Department of Commerce made an affirmative determination.


India

1) Final Findings in the Sunset Review Investigation concerning anti-dumping duties imposed on ‘Sodium Citrate’ from China PR (F.No. 7/21/2019-DGTR, 30th April 2020)

The original anti-dumping duty was imposed by the Ministry of Finance on 20th May 2015 for a period of five years. The Designated Authority has recommended an extension of such duties for a period of another five years, since there was enough sufficient to indicate that the revocation of anti-dumping duty will lead to continuation of dumping and injury to the domestic industry.


Australia

1) Initiation of an anti-circumvention inquiry concerning imports of A4 Copy Paper into Australia from China (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2020/045, 28th April 2020)

An anti-circumvention investigation has been initiated against imports of A4 Copy Paper from China, upon which an anti-dumping and countervailing duty have been imposed. The alleged circumvention of the goods is by the manner of product circumvention, i.e. the products have a weight of 68 gsm but otherwise meet the description of the goods subject to the duties.

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