INVESTIGATION PROGRESS

Date Status
31 Jul 2018 Review
14 May 2015 Definitive duty
11 Jun 2014 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: 14 May 2015 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Safeguard

On June 11, 2014, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of cold-rolled sheets (in coils or cut) and plated or coated sheets.
The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS code subheadings: 7209, 7211 (with the exception of 7211.13, 7211.14 and 7211.19), 7225, 7226, 7210 (with the exception of 7210.11, 7210.12, 7210.9021, 7210.9022 and 7210.9023) and 7212 (with the exception of 7212.10).
This follows the application lodged by Maghreb Steel.
According to the UN Comtrade Database, in 2012 (no data available yet for 2013) the following countries exported goods classified under the above-mentioned HS code subheadings to Morocco with a trade value over USD 1 million: Spain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, China, Belgium, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom.
 
On May 14th, 2015, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade decided to impose a definitive safeguard duty on imports of cold-rolled sheets and plated or coated sheets. The rate of the duty is 22% until the end of the year 2015, 20% in 2016, 18% in 2017 and 16% in 2018. This duty shall remain in force during a period of four years.
 
On September 7th, 2015, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade notified its decision to modify the above-mentioned safeguard duty on imports of cold-rolled sheets and plated or coated sheets following complaints made by the European Union and Turkey. The rate of the duty remains the same but the measure now only applies to quantities that exceed an annual quota of 36,000 tons.
Moreover, the HS codes subject to the measure have been modified. For more details, please see Public Notice n° 13/15.

On 31 July 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 Maghreb Steel.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

412 Products of iron or steel
7209 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, coldrolled (coldreduced), not clad, plated or coated.
720916 Of a thickness exceeding 1 mm but less than 3 mm
720917 Of a thickness of 0.5 mm or more but not exceeding 1 mm
7210 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, clad, plated or coated.
721030 Electrolytically plated or coated with zinc
721049 Other
721050 Plated or coated with chromium oxides or with chromium and chromium oxides
721070 Painted, varnished or coated with plastics
7211 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm, not clad, plated or coated.
721123 Containing by weight less than 0.25 % of carbon
7212 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm, clad, plated or coated.
721230 Otherwise plated or coated with zinc
721240 Painted, varnished or coated with plastics
7225 Flatrolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
722511 Grainoriented
722530 Other, not further worked than hotrolled, in coils
722540 Other, not further worked than hotrolled, not in coils
722592 Otherwise plated or coated with zinc
7226 Flatrolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm.
722611 Grainoriented

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