EU launches anti-dumping investigation into pins and staples from China2020-01-21

The European Commission has initiated an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of pins and staples, originating in the People’s Republic of China.

The Commission published Notice of Initiation 2019/c 425/08 in the EU Official Journal on 18th December 2019.

The notice defines the product subject to investigation as: Staples, whether or not in strips or in coils, hog rings, whether or not in strips, brad nails in strips, and pins in strips; of steel wire, whether or not coated, of aluminium alloy wire, or of stainless steel wire; designed for joining or holding together materials or objects (‘the product under investigation’). Nails in coils are excluded from the product under investigation.

The products fall within a number of CN codes identified by the notice as: ex 7317 00 20, ex 7317 00 60, ex 7317 00 80, ex 7326 20 00, ex 7616 10 00, 8305 20 00, and ex 8308 10 00. ‘ex’ signifies that not all products within the cited code are subject to investigation, so the description is critical for importers and manufacturers to determine the extent to which they are affected.

The deadlines for registration of interest and submission of evidence, which are short, particularly given the timing of the notice just before the winter holiday, are defined in the Notice of Initiation, which can be downloaded in all EU languages from the EU Official Journal here.

The Notice confirms the schedule of investigation as: The investigation will be concluded, pursuant to Article 6(9) of the basic Regulation within normally 13, but not more than 14 months of the date of the publication of this Notice. In accordance with Article 7(1) of the basic Regulation, provisional measures may be imposed normally not later than 7 months, but in any event not later than 8 months from the publication of this Notice.

In accordance with Article 19a of the basic Regulation, the Commission will provide information on the planned imposition of provisional duties 3 weeks before the imposition of provisional measures.