The Hanoitimes - The Anti-Dumping Commission of Australia (ADC) has initiated an investigation into alleged dumping of wind towers imported from Vietnam, according to the Competitiveness Management Department of Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.
ADC initiates an investigation into Vietnam’s wind towers. Photo: aujourdhui.ma
Products under investigation are wind towers coded HS: 7308.20.00, 7308.90.00 and 8502.31.10 which are bearing an import duty of 5 percent in Australia. The investigation follows an application lodged by Australian wind tower manufacturers Keppel Prince Engineering Pty Ltd and Ottoway Fabrication Pty Ltd.
The investigation period took place from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016 while injury analysis period has lasted from January 1, 2013 till now. ADC estimated a dumping margin on Vietnam’s wind towers is 15.7 percent and exporters have to fill up the investigation questionnaire from July 15, 2017, which has been posted at www.adcomission.gov.au together with attached appendixes.
Of note, ADC may apply temporary anti-dumping duties but not earlier than 60 days since the initiation date of June 8, 2017. The commission is expected to conduct on-the-spot examinations at relevant businesses in August 2017. A statement of essential facts will be placed on the public record by September 26, 2017 and interested parties have 20 days to response to this statement.
A report on ADC’s recommendations will be submitted to the Parliamentary Secretary no later than November 10, 2017 (the duration can be extended). The Parliamentary Secretary will make decisions within 30 days since the day of reception of the report.
Prior to this, in 2014, Australia also had a dumping investigations on wind towers imported from China and the Republic of Korea (RoK), with dumping duties on China’s exporters at 15 - 15.6 percent and on the RoK’s ones ranged from 17.2 to 18.8 percent.