The European Commission has begun anti-dumping proceedings against graphite electrode products from China. The complaint was lodged on 4 January 2021 by Graphite Cova GmbH, Showa Denko Carbon Holding GmbH and Tokai ErftCarbon GmbH. The complainants have provided evidence that imports of the product under investigation from the country concerned have increased overall in absolute terms and in terms of market share. The investigation will determine whether the product under investigation originating in the country concerned is being dumped and whether the dumped imports have caused injury to the Union industry. If the conclusions are affirmative, the investigation will examine whether the imposition of measures would not be against the Union interest. The investigation will cover the period between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Any request for a hearing with regard to the initiation of the investigation must be submitted within 15 days of the date of publication of this Notice. The provisional measures are expected to be announced within seven months.
The product subject to this investigation is graphite electrodes of a kind used for electric furnaces, with an apparent density of 1.5 gms per centimetre or more and an electrical resistance of 7.0 pQm or less, and nipples used for such electrodes, whether imported together or separately. They are classified under CN codes ex 8545 11 00 and ex 8545 90 90.