INVESTIGATION PROGRESS

Date Status
21 Dec 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: 19 Jul 2013 | Removal date: open ended
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Anti-dumping

On February 12, 2013, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service initiated an anti-dumping investigation on imports of flat rolled products of iron, non-alloy steel or non-heat treated alloy steel of a kind commonly referred to as Quench and Tempered (Q&T) Green Feed (of a width greater than 600mm, with a thickness equal to or greater than 4.75mm, not further worked than hot rolled, not in coils, with or without patterns in relief) from China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea (Australian Customs Dumping Notice No. 2013/18).
The following goods are excluded from the investigation: 250 megapascal (MPa) yield strength grades of plate steel with a thickness greater than 150mm, 350 MPa yield strength grades of plate steel with a thickness greater than 100mm, Q & T Green Feed grades of plate steel with a thickness greater than 105mm and heat treated Q & T grades of plate steel.
The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS codes: 7208.4000, 7208.5100, 7208.5200 and 7225.4000.
The complaint was lodged on December 21, 2012 by Bluescope Steel Limited.
An anti-subsidy investigation was simultaneously initiated on imports of the same products originating in China (see measure 7285).
 
On February 28, 2013, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service published a notice to clarify which goods are subject to investigation (Australian Customs Dumping Notice No. 2013/20).
 
On May 31, 2013, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service extended the time granted to issue the Statement of Essential Facts (Australian Customs Dumping Notice No. 2013/40).
 
On July 19, 2013, the Australian authorities published the Preliminary Affirmative Determination Report (PAD Report No. 198) and decided to impose a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of hot rolled plate steel originating in China, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea (Anti-dumping Notice No. 2013/60, 19.07.2013). The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in China is 26%, at the exception of the company Shandong Iron and Steel Company Limited, Jinan Company (JIGANG) whose exports are not subject to the payment of a duty. The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in Indonesia ranges from 8.6% to 19%, depending on the manufacturer/exporter. The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in Japan is 14.3%. The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in South Korea is 20.6%, at the exception of the company Dongkuk Steel Mill Ltd (DSM) whose exports are subject to a duty of 18.4% and at the exception of the companies Hyundai Steel Company and POSCO whose exports are not subject to the payment of a duty. No duty was imposed on imports originating in Chinese Taipei since it has been found that exports originating in this country were not dumped.
 
On August 1, 2013, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission issued the Statement of Essential Facts (SEF Report No. 198).
 
On September 10, 2013, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission decided to terminate the investigation regarding imports originating in Chinese Taipei after having found that the total volume of goods that have been exported to Australia over a reasonable examination period from Chinese Taipei that have been dumped from all Taiwanese exporters is negligible (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2013/67). The Australian Anti-Dumping Commission also decided to terminate the investigation regarding goods originating in South Korea and produced by Hyundai Steel Company and POSCO after having come to the conclusion that there has been no dumping by those exporters. Finally, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission also decided to terminate the investigation regarding goods originating in China and exported by Shandong Iron and Steel, Jinan Company (JIGANG) after having found that the dumping margin is less than 2%.
 
On September 16, 2013, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission published its Final Report (Final Report No. 198).
 
On December 19, 2013, the Australian authorities imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on the goods subject to investigation (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2013/72). The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in South Korea (excepting Hyundai Steel Company and POSCO) is 20.6%, at the exception of the company Dongkuk Steel Mill, Co., Ltd. whose exports are subject to a duty of 18.4%. The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in Japan is 14.3%. The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in Indonesia ranges from 8.6% to 19.3%, depending on the manufacturer/exporter. The rate of the duty imposed on imports originating in China (exception JIGANG) is 54.9%; this duty is however a combination of an anti-dumping duty and of a countervailing duty imposed simultaneously (see measure 7285). The dumping margin of imports originating in China has been found to be 'only' 22.1% while the subsidy margin has been found to be 36.9%.
 
After Balcombe Engineering Pty Ltd., a Chinese exporter of the goods subject to the duty, lodged an application for exemption from the duty imposed on December 19, 2013 for goods classified under HS code 7208.5100 (plate steel produced to ASTMInternational standard A516 GR70), the Commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission started an exemption inquiry on March 12, 2014 (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2014/19).
 
After Adsteel Brokers Pty Ltd., a Chinese exporter of the goods subject to the duty, lodged an application for exemption from the duty imposed on December 19, 2013 for goods classified under HS code 7208.5100 (plate steel specified by Japanese Industry Standard (JIS) G4051-S45C), the Commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission started an exemption inquiry on April 10, 2014 (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2014/28).
 
After Adsteel Brokers Pty Ltd., a Chinese exporter of the goods subject to the duty, lodged an application for exemption from the duty imposed on December 19, 2013 for goods classified under HS code 7208.5100 (plate steel specified to the ASTM International A516-70 standard), the Commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission started an exemption inquiry on April 10, 2014 (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2014/29).
 
On March 6th, 2015, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission concluded the exemption inquiry initiated on March 12th, 2014 and decided not to grant an exemption to the goods subject to the inquiry (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2015/25, 06.03.2015).
 
On March 6th, 2015, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission concluded the exemption inquiry initiated on April 10th, 2014 (see Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2014/28) and decided to grant an exemption to the goods subject to the inquiry (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2015/26, 06.03.2015). The exemption takes effect from January 13th, 2014.
 
On March 6th, 2015, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission concluded the exemption inquiry initiated on April 10th, 2014 (see Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2014/29) and decided to grant an exemption to the goods subject to the inquiry (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2015/27, 06.03.2015). The exemption takes effect from January 15th, 2014.
 
After Amity Pacific Pty Ltd., an importer of the goods subject to the duty, lodged an application for exemption from the duty imposed on December 19, 2013 for goods classified under HS code 7208.5200 (hot rolled plate steel meeting specific characteristics covered by Tariff Concession Order (TCO) TC 1413674), the Commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission started an exemption inquiry on May 28th, 2015 (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2015/67, 28.05.2015).
 
On August 31st, 2015, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission concluded the exemption inquiry initiated on May 28th, 2015 and decided to grant an exemption to the goods subject to the inquiry (Anti-Dumping Notice No. 2015/108, 31.08.2015). The exemption takes effect from July 23rd, 2014.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

412 Products of iron or steel
7208 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, hotrolled, not clad, plated or coated.
720840 Not in coils, not further worked than hotrolled, with patterns in relief
720851 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
720852 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
7225 Flatrolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
722540 Other, not further worked than hotrolled, not in coils

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