INVESTIGATION PROGRESS

Date Status
13 Aug 2018 Review
17 Dec 2015 Renewal
29 Jul 2015 Review
27 Nov 2013 Definitive duty
30 May 2013 Preliminary duty
25 Sep 2012 Initiation

IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 30 May 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Safeguard

On September 25th, 2012, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of wire rods and reinforcing bars.
The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS codes: 7213.9190 (wire rods), 7214.2090 (reinforcing bars) and 7214.9991 (reinforcing bars).
This follows the application lodged by the Moroccan Steel Manufacturers Association (Association des Sidérurgistes du Maroc - ASM) on behalf of the domestic industry.

On April 24th, 2013, the Moroccan authorities issued their preliminary findings. They recommended the imposition of a provisional safeguard duty of MAD 0.55 per kilogram (USD 0.05674 per kilogram at the exchange rate of September 21st, 2015) for quantities above a quota of 37,000 tons for wire rods and 10,500 tons for reinforcing bars.
This provisional safeguard measure was imposed on May 30th, 2013 for a period of 200 days.
Even if identified as potential affected trading partners according to the GTA methodology, as developing countries Egypt and Turkey are not subject to the measure.

On November 27th, 2013, the Moroccan authorities issued their final findings. They recommended the imposition of a definitive safeguard duty of MAD 0.55 per kilogram (USD 0.05674 per kilogram at the exchange rate of September 21st, 2015) for quantities above a quota of 100,000 tons for wire rods and 28,000 tons for reinforcing bars.
This definitive safeguard measure was notified to the WTO on December 19th, 2013. It should remain in force during four years with an increase of the quotas of 5% every year.
Even if identified as potential affected trading partners according to the GTA methodology, as developing countries Egypt and Turkey are not subject to the measure.

On July 29th, 2015, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade initiated a sunset review of the above-mentioned safeguard measure.
This follows the application lodged on April 20th, 2015 by the Moroccan Steel Manufacturers Association (Association des Sidérurgistes du Maroc - ASM).
According to the UN Comtrade Database, in 2013 (not data available for 2014 as of September 21st, 2014) the following countries exported goods classified under HS code subheadings 7213.91, 7214.20 and 7214.99 to Morocco with a trade value over the GTA threshold of USD 1 million: Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Germany and France.
 
On 17 December 2015, the Moroccan authorities informed the World Trade Organization of their decision to extend the above safeguard measure. The measure is in force for a period of three years. From 1 January 2016 to the 31 December 2016 wire rods and reinforcing bars will be subject to a quota of 121,000 tonne and 72,600 tonne respectively. From 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 wire rods and reinforcing bars will be subject to a quota of 131,100 tonne and 79,860 tonne respectively. From 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 wire rods and reinforcing bars will be subject to a quota of 146,410 tonne and 87,846 tonne respectively. A specific duty is applied to the subject goods exceeding these quotas i.e. DH 0.55 per kg (approx. USD 0.06 per kg).

On 13 August 2018, the Moroccan authorities initiated a sunset review of the definitive safeguard duty imposed on imports of the subject good. This follows the application lodged by Association des Sidérurgistes du Maroc (ASM).

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

412 Products of iron or steel
7213 Bars and rods, hotrolled, in irregularly wound coils, of iron or nonalloy steel.
721391 Of circular crosssection measuring less than 14 mm in diameter
7214 Other bars and rods of iron or nonalloy steel, not further worked than forged, hotrolled, hotdrawn or hotextruded, but including those twisted after rolling.
721420 Containing indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process or twisted after rolling
721499 Other

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