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Japan calls for review of China duties

Keywords: Tags  Japan steel, WTO, China review, high-performance tubes, seamless tubes, stainless tubes, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry METI

SINGAPORE — Japan wants to overturn a decision by China to levy anti-dumping duties on some Japanese high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (HP-SSST).

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 hasn’t provided enough evidence on how its decision was made, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

"Japan considers that China’s 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.

China’s 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, 2012.

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 year.

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.

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