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New Anti-Dumping Investigations Down, Says WTO

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

01 November 2007


The WTO Secretariat on Tuesday reported that during the period 1 January-30 June 2007, the number of initiations of new anti-dumping investigations declined sharply, dropping by 47% compared with the number during the corresponding period of 2006. The number of new measures also declined, by 20%.

During January-June 2007, 13 World Trade Organization members reported initiating a total of 49 new investigations, compared with 92 initiations in the corresponding period of 2006.

A total of 16 members reported applying 57 new final anti-dumping measures during the first semester of 2007, compared with 71 new measures reported by 15 Members for the corresponding period of 2006. Seventeen of the 49 new initiations were opened by developed members, and 14 of the 57 new final measures were applied by developed members, during the first half of 2007. This compared with 37 new initiations opened and 10 new measures applied by developed Members during the first half of 2006.

The member reporting the highest number of new initiations during January-June 2007 was India, with 13, followed by New Zealand (6). Ranked next were Korea (5); Brazil, China and Japan (4 each); Argentina and South Africa (3 each); Mexico and the United States (2 each); and Chile, Colombia and Egypt (1 each).

These figures represented declines for Argentina, Egypt, India, and Mexico compared with the first half of 2006, and increases for Brazil, Chile, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.

In addition, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, the European Communities, Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan, Peru, Chinese Taipei, and Turkey, each of which reported new initiations for the first half of 2006, reported no new initiations for the first half of 2007.

China remained the most frequent subject of the new investigations, with 16 initiations directed at its exports during January-June 2007, down sharply from the 31 new investigations on exports from China that were reported for the corresponding period of 2006.

Chinese Taipei, the European Communities (including individual member States) and Korea were the second most frequent subjects, with four initiations of new investigations each directed at their exports during the first half of 2007, compared with seven, four and five, respectively, during the first half of 2006.

India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and the United States were tied for third place, with two initiations each in respect of their exports, compared with three, two, five, five and seven initiations, respectively, during January-June 2006. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong China, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Uruguay, were the subject of one initiation each during the January-June 2007 period.

The products that were most frequently subject to the reported new investigations during the first half of 2007 were in the chemicals sector (24 initiations), followed by pulp and paper (9 initiations) and plastics (6 initiations).

Concerning application of new final anti-dumping measures, India, with 16, reported the largest number during the first half of 2007, doubling the 8 new measures it reported during the corresponding period of 2006. Argentina, reporting seven new final measures during the January-June 2007 period, was second, followed by the European Communities (6), China (5), Pakistan (4), and Canada, Colombia, Turkey, and the United States (3 each). These figures represented declines from the corresponding period of 2006 for China, Pakistan and Turkey, and increases for Argentina, Canada, Colombia, the European Communities, and the United States.

Australia, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Peru, South Africa, and Chinese Taipei, each reported applying one new measure during the first half of 2007.

The data was taken from the semi-annual reports of Members to the ADP Committee.


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