EU Launches Antidumping Investigation against Stainless Steel Butt-Welding Pipe Fittings Imported from China

The EU filed a case on October 29, 2015 to investigate the alleged dumping of stainless steel butt-welding pipe fittings that were imported from China and Taiwan of China. Vivian Wang represented a Taiwan enterprise and three enterprises of the Chinese Mainland in the investigation, and filed the no-damage defense representing the entire Chinese industry. On January 27, 2017, the EU made an affirmative final determination on this case. The Taiwan enterprise represented by Vivian Wang in this case was granted 0 duty rate; and one enterprise from Mainland China represented by Vivian Wang in this case was given exclusion.

Vivian Wang represented two sample Chinese enterprises in the investigation that was filed by EU in 2012 into the dumping of stainless steel butt-welding pipe fittings that were imported from China, and filed the no-damage defense representing the entire industry in anti-dumping and countervailing cases. This case was rare in EU’s dumping investigation of Chinese products in that it was ended in no-tax decision at the preliminary determination stage. Facing the investigation into the dumping of steel butt-welding pipe fittings imported from China, Vivian Wang and her team, to respond to the investigation, guided the enterprises in filling out the anti-dumping questionnaire, and successfully handled the voluminous documents and data with efficiency in a limited period. At the on-site inspection stage, Vivian Wang went to the involved enterprises in advance to guide and examine the readiness, help them prepare materials and conduct model on-site inspection, ensuring smooth proceeding of formal on-site inspection. A Chinese exporter which was represented by Vivian Wang and its affiliated Taiwan company applied for excluding low-roughness pipe fittings and clip-on pipe fittings from the investigation of the products involved in the case, and that application was accepted by the EU, successfully protecting the enterprise’s interests.

In terms of material damage, Vivian Wang and China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC) and its member enterprises cooperated closely to actively collect enterprise data and industry information, and filed a well-grounded convincing no-damage defense against the prosecutor’s charge. The case did not request preliminary determination rate, and started to collect anti-dumping duty rate after the final determination.

This was a case where exclusion was accepted by EU in its investigation into the dumping of products that were imported fromChina. The successful defense opinions and strategies in this case are of important reference significance to possible anti-dumping investigation against Chinese enterprises and industries in the future.

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