ANNOUNCEMENT 22 Sep 2016
In September 2016, the government of China initiated a new safeguard investigation. A safeguard duty was imposed in May 2017.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
WTO, Committee on Safeguards - Notification under article 12.1(a) of the Agreement on Safeguards on initiation of an investigation and the reasons for it - China - Sugar, 26.09.2016 (Document G/SG/N/6/CHN/2): https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=232068,232067,231913,231903,231809,231732,231481,231482,231409,231386&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=9&FullTextHash=
PRC Ministry of Commerce, May 22nd, 2017. (商务部公告2017年第26号 关于对进口食糖采取保障措施的公告)
On 22 September 2016, the Chinese authorities initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of sugar. The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS code: 1701.12.00, 1701.13.00, 1701.14.00, 1701.91.00, 1701.99.10, 1701.99.20, and 17019990.
On 22 May 2017, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China imposed a safeguard duty on imports of sugar. The rate of duty is 45% ad valorem from 22 May 2017 for one year. The rate of duty is 40% ad valorem from 22 May 2018 for one year. The rate of duty is 35% ad valorem from 22 May 2019 for one year. The rate of duty is applicable for imports of the subject good exceeding the tariff quota. The quota level was not announced. Certain developing countries are exempt from the above measure, provided that the individual country does not account for more than 3% of total sugar imports to China, and that all the countries in the list combined account for less than 9% thereof. This clause was rescinded in 2018 (see related act).
The safeguard duty is in force for a period of three years.