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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of FinancePreliminary Determination of Anti-Dumping Duty Investigation on Toluene Diisocyanate Originating in the People’s Republic of China

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) have conducted an anti-dumping investigation on tolylene diisocyanate* originating in the People’s Republic of China, and the results of the investigation led the ministries to presume that dumped products were imported and that the imports caused material injury to domestic industry. Therefore, the ministries hereby announce that on December 4, 2014, they made a preliminary determination on this matter.

1. Background

METI and MOF received an “Application for the Imposition of an Anti-dumping Duty on Tolylene Diisocyanate Originating in China” from Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. on December 17, 2013. In response, both ministries have jointly conducted an investigation since February 14, 2014, to determine whether or not to impose an anti-dumping duty on the subject products.

*Note: Tolylene diisocyanate is a transparent liquid, mainly used as a raw material for polyurethane flexible foams, which are applied to car seats, bedding, and other articles.

2. Outline of the investigation

During the investigation, the ministries requested interested parties to submit evidence and provided them with opportunities to state their opinions, and collected objective evidence from suppliers and other related entities of the subject products in China. As a result, the evidence led the ministries to presume that dumped products were imported and that the imports caused material injury to the domestic industry. Therefore, the ministries hereby announce that on December 4, 2014, they made a preliminary determination on this matter (public notice on December 4, 2014).

3. Future actions

The ministries will request interested parties who are involved in the preliminary determination, provide them with opportunities to present relevant evidences and to state their opinions, and continue to investigate the matter in accordance with the provisions of the international rules under the WTO Agreements and the related domestic laws. Based on collected evidence and information, the ministries will determine whether the importation of the dumped product has caused material injury to the domestic industry, and the government will make a decision on whether or not to impose an anti-dumping duty on the subject product.

Reference

For details and history of the investigation, visit the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/external_economy/trade_control/boekikanri/trade-remedy/izen.html (in Japanese)

Release date

December 4, 2014

Division in charge

  • Office for Trade Remedy Investigations, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau
  • Chemicals Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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