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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of FinanceDetermination of Imposition of a Provisional Anti-dumping Duties on Toluenediisocyanate 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 toluenediisocyanate* originating in the People’s Republic of China.** Based on the results of the investigation, on December 19, 2014, the Cabinet decided to approve a cabinet order for imposition of provisional anti-dumping duties on the subject products.

Notes:
*1: Toluenediisocyanate 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: Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions are excluded.

1. Background

METI and MOF received an “Application for the Imposition of an Anti-dumping Duty on Toluenediisocyanate 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.

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, and on December 4, 2014, they made a preliminary determination on this matter (public notice on December 4, 2014).

On December 12, 2014, the Council on Customs, Tariff, Foreign Exchange and other Transactions under the Ministry of Finance, held a meeting, and based on the facts discovered during the investigation, the Council made a recommendation that imposition of provisional anti-dumping duties at a rate of 69.4% on toluenediisocyanate originating in China would be appropriate.

2. Outline of the determination

On December 19, 2014, the Cabinet decided to approve a cabinet order for imposition of provisional anti-dumping duties on toluenediisocyanate originating in China (Cabinet Order Concerning the Imposition of the Provisional Anti-Dumping Duties on Toluenediisocyanate).

The results of the investigation on toluenediisocyanate originating in China, which has been conducted in response to the application for the imposition of an anti-dumping duty on the subject products, led the ministries to presume that dumped products were imported and that the imports caused material injury to domestic industry. The presumption made the ministries accept that Japan needs to impose the duty on the subject products so as to protect the domestic industry. Against the backdrop of the situation, the cabinet order was determined so as to impose a provisional anti-dumping duty on the subject products.

The cabinet order will be promulgated on December 24, 2014, and the anti-dumping duty will be provisionally imposed on toluenediisocyanate originating in China at a rate of 69.4% from December 25, 2014, to April 24, 2015.

3. Future actions

Based on opinions and other information to be submitted by the parties involved, the ministries will make a final decision on whether or not the dumped products were imported and the imports caused material injury to domestic industry, in accordance with the provisions of the international rules under the WTO Agreements and related domestic laws.

Release date

December 19, 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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