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EC starts investigation on Hot Rolled Stainless Steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

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BRUSSELS (Scrap Register): The Commission has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils from China, Indonesia and Taiwan.

The investigation follows a complaint lodged by the European Steel Association on the grounds that the imports from these countries are made at dumped prices and hence causing injury to the European producers. The complaint requests to calculate the dumping margin in line with the EU new anti-dumping methodology, ie taking into account market distortions and distorted raw material prices in China and Indonesia. The Commission has now up to eight months to collect evidence and decide whether to impose provisional measures.

This new trade defence investigation is part of the larger Commission action aiming shield EU producers from unfair competition from dumped and subsidies products. So far, the Commission put in place trade defence measures on 52 steel products and is investigating another seven.

The European Commission has received a complaint pursuant to Article 5 of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Union, alleging that imports of certain hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils, originating in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Indonesia, are being dumped and are thereby causing injury to the Union industry.

The complaint was lodged on 28 June 2019 by Eurofer, the European Steel Association (‘the complainant’), on behalf of four Union producers representing the entirety of Union production of certain hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils.

Product under investigation - The product subject to this investigation is flat-rolled products of stainless steel, whether or not in coils (including products cut-to-length and narrow strip), not further worked than hot-rolled. HS codes 7219 11, 7219 12, 7219 13, 7219 14, 7219 22, 7219 23, 7219 24, 7220 11 and 7220 12.

The following products are excluded - Products, not in coils, of a width of 600 mm or more and of a thickness exceeding 10 mm.

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