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  • A Report was Compiled Concerning the Expiry Review of Anti-Dumping Duty on Electrolytic Manganese Dioxide Originating in the Republic of South Africa, the People’s Republic of China, and Spain

A Report was Compiled Concerning the Expiry Review of Anti-Dumping Duty on Electrolytic Manganese Dioxide Originating in the Republic of South Africa, the People’s Republic of China, and Spain

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) have compiled a report concerning the expiry review of anti-dumping duty*1 on electrolytic manganese dioxide*2 originating in the Republic of South Africa, the People’s Republic of China and Spain, in which the ministries concluded that an extension of the period of the anti-dumping duty is appropriate. In response, on February 21, 2014, the Subcommittee on Trade Remedies under the Trade Committee of the Industrial Structure Council examined the appropriateness of the conclusion. In addition, the Council on Customs, Tariff, Foreign Exchange and other Transactions recommended the ministries that, concerning this case an extension of the period to five years from the completion date of the investigation is an appropriate measure.

1. Background

The Government Japan imposed the anti-dumping duty on electrolytic manganese dioxide originating in Australia, Spain, China and South Africa for five years from September 1, 2008, to August 31, 2013 (tariff rates: 29.3% to Australia, 14.0% to Spain, 46.5% to China (34.3% to Guizhou Redstar Developing Co., Ltd.), and 14.5% to South Africa).

In August 2012, Tosoh Hyuga Corporation and Tosoh Corporation filed an application for an extension of the period of the anti-dumping duty imposed on electrolytic manganese dioxide originating in these countries, except Australia, where the producer of the material abandoned the business. In October 2012, the ministries initiated an investigation concerning the extension of the period of the anti-dumping duty on these countries. The investigation is still underway and the anti-dumping duty will continue to be imposed on the product in question from these countries until the completion date of the investigation. In addition, the product in question from Australia is not covered by the investigation, and the period of the anti-dumping duty on the product already expired on August 31, 2013.

*Notes:

1: Anti-dumping duty refers to an extra duty imposed on a dumped product in order to protect the domestic industry when the imports of such product causes injury to the industry, in accordance with the provisions of the WTO Agreements.

2: Electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) is a raw material used mainly for fabrication of batteries (e.g., manganese batteries, alkaline batteries, and lithium ion secondary batteries).

2. Outline of the results of the investigation

Since October 2012, METI and MOF have been conducting an investigation concerning the extension of the period of the anti-dumping duty imposed on electrolytic manganese dioxide originating in South Africa, China and Spain. Based on the results of the investigation, the ministries found that imports of the dumped product in question still continue and that, accordingly, material injury to the domestic industry will continue or is likely to continue to take place again. Finally, they concluded that an extension of the period of the anti-dumping duty currently imposed on such products is appropriate and compiled the results of the investigation into a report. In response, on February 21, 2014, the Subcommittee on Trade Remedies under the Trade Committee of the Industrial Structure Council examined the appropriateness of the conclusion.

In addition, on the same day, the Council on Customs, Tariff, Foreign Exchange and other Transactions recommended the ministries that, concerning this case, the extension of the period of the anti-dumping duty imposed on the product in question imported from these countries to five years from the completion date of the investigation is appropriate.

3. Reason for the decision on supporting the extension of the period

Based on the results of the investigation concerning the extension of the anti-dumping duty period, the ministries found that there are imports of the dumped product in question from the countries and also that the domestic industry is vulnerable to material injury caused by such imports. Furthermore, they concluded that the imports of the dumped product will continue or are likely to continue to take place again, and cause material injury to the domestic industry after the expiration of the period of the duty.

4. Future schedule

The Government of Japan is to revise a part of the Cabinet Order concerning the anti-dumping duty imposed on electrolytic manganese dioxide as well as a part of the Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry*3 in line with the enforcement of the revised Cabinet Order.

Release Date

February 21, 2014

Division in Charge

Office for Trade Remedy Investigations, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

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