SINGAPORE Japan wants to
overturn a decision by China to levy anti-dumping duties on
some Japanese high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes
Tokyo is expected to request the
establishment of a panel under the World Trade Organization
(WTO) Agreement during an April 24 dispute settlement body
meeting, saying China hasnt provided enough evidence on
how its decision was made, Japans Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry (METI) said.
"Japan considers that
Chinas imposing of anti-dumping duties is inconsistent
with the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement (Agreement on
Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade 1994) because of flaws in the determination
of injury and a causal relationship and in the investigation
procedure," according to METI.
Chinas central government
initiated an anti-dumping investigation on some imports of
HP-SSST from Japan and European Union countries on Sept. 8,
2011, and decided to impose anti-dumping duties on Nov. 8,
The affected Japanese products
are subject to duties ranging from 9.2 to 14.4 percent.
Japan subsequently requested
consultations with China under the WTO agreement on Dec. 20,
2012, with consultations held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 of this
Based on the result of the
consultations, Japan decided to "seek an appropriate solution
to this issue in accordance with the WTO agreements."
Japan exported approximately $72
million worth of HP-SSST to China in 2011. They are used in
boilers of coal-fired power plants.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.