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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of FinanceInitiation of an Anti-Dumping Investigation on Potassium Hydroxide Originating in the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China

As a result of the examination of an application in accordance with the provisions of related laws and regulations, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) decided to initiate an anti-dumping investigation on potassium hydroxide* originating in the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China.

1. Background

METI and MOF received an application for the imposition of an anti-dumping duty on potassium hydroxide originating in Korea and China from Potassium Product Manufacturers Association on April 3, 2015. Both ministries examined the application in accordance with the provisions of related laws and regulations and found that the application fulfilled the requirements for initiating an investigation based on the Customs Tariff Act. Therefore, the ministries decided to initiate an anti-dumping investigation (public notice issued on May 26, 2015).

*Note: Potassium hydroxide, dissolved in water as a liquid product or a white flaky solid, is mainly used as a raw material in the manufacture of potassium salts such as potassium carbonate, as a raw material in the manufacture of chemical fertilizer, in the electrolytic solution in alkaline batteries, in photographic developer, as a reaction auxiliary in inorganic chemistry, as a raw material in the manufacture of liquid soap and detergent, and the like.

2. Outline of the investigation

The investigation is to be concluded within one year, in principle. The ministries will provide opportunities for interested parties to present evidence and information and verify the evidence and information provided through on-the-spot investigations of entities including exporting companies and domestic manufacturers. Based on the collected evidence and information, the ministries will determine whether the importation of the dumped product has caused material injury to the domestic industry, in accordance with the provisions of international rules under the WTO Agreements and the Customs Tariff Law, and the government will make a decision on whether or not to impose an anti-dumping duty on the subject product.

Reference

Release Date

May 26, 2015

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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