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EU to Probe Chinese HDG Imports for AD circumvention

Steel News - Published on Fri, 29 Nov 2019

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The European Commission has started an investigation concerning a possible circumvention of anti-dumping duties on imports of coated steel products from China. EC said “The Commission has at its disposal sufficient evidence that the existing anti-dumping measures on imports of the product concerned originating in the People’s Republic of China are being circumvented by slight modifications of the product concerned. Chinese suppliers are changing characteristics of their products by applying a thin oil coating, by slightly increasing the content of carbon, aluminium, or other elements, or by changing the coating from simple zinc or aluminium to zinc-magnesium-aluminium coating.”

The EC has also started the procedure of registration of the subject products to be able to impose measures retroactively should the fact of circumvention is proved.

The investigation must be concluded within the nine months starting from November 26. Consequently, registration will expire nine months after November 26

The Chinese quota for the auto grade HDG products, category 4b in the quota system, is exhausted very quickly, partially because Chinese producers are sending HDG products, which are actually not destined for the automotive applications, under category 4b to avoid the AD.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 29 Nov 2019
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