EC Opens AD Probe on Graphite Electrode Imports from China
The European Commission has received a complaint alleging that imports of certain graphite electrode systems originating in the People's Republic of China are being dumped and are thereby causing injury to the Union industry. The complaint was lodged on 4 January 2021 by Graphite Cova GmbH, Showa Denko Carbon Holding GmbH and Tokai ErftCarbon GmbH. All interested parties wishing to submit information on the product scope must do so within 10 days of the date of publication of this notice on 17 February 2021
The product subject to this investigation is graphite electrodes of a kind used for electric furnaces, with an apparent density of 1.5 grams per centimetre or more and an electrical resistance of 7.0 p.Q.m or less and nipples used for such electrodes, whether imported together or separately They are currently classified under CN codes ex 8545 11 00 and ex 8545 90 90, TARIC codes 8545110010, 8545110015, 8545909010 and 8545909015.
EC had previously imposed anti-dumping restrictions on electrode imports. Back in 2004, the measure started being applied to products from India, with the current duty set at 7% for Hindustan Electro Graphite and 15.7% for Graphite India Limited. Yet, a previous EC anti-dumping investigation into Chinese imports in 2010 was dropped.
India removed its own anti-dumping duties on Chinese electrode imports in 2018 following a petition by the Indian steel industry; the duties had been in place since 2015. The USA continues to apply its anti-dumping duty on small diameter electrodes (400mm or less in diameter) from China