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Initiation of an Anti-Dumping Investigation on Polyethylene terephthalate with a high degree of polymerization Originating in the People’s Republic of China

As a result of the examination of the 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, on September 30, 2016, an anti-dumping investigation on Polyethylene terephthalate with a high degree of polymerization * originating in the People’s Republic of China** under the Customs Tariff Act.

1. Background

METI and MOF received an application filed for the Minister of Finance for the imposition of an anti-dumping duty on Polyethylene terephthalate with a high degree of polymerization originating in China from Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Nippon Uni PET Corporation, and Echizen Polymer Co., Ltd. (in the same order as the description in the application) on September 6, 2016. 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 on this matter (public notice on September 30, 2016).

Notes:
*1: Polyethylene terephthalate with a high degree of polymerization is polyethylene terephthalate as crystalline thermoplastic plastic consisting of repeating units through alternating copolymerization mainly of terephthalic acid units and ethylene glycol units, with a viscosity of at least 0.7dl/g. This substance is generally manufactured through the processes of melt polymerization and solid-phase polymerization, sold in the form of white pellets, and processed mainly into bottles or sheets in use.
**2: Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions are excluded.

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, etc. 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, in accordance with the provisions of the international rules under the WTO Agreements and the related domestic laws and regulations, and the government will make a decision on whether or not to impose an anti-dumping duty on the subject product.

Reference

Release date

September 30, 2016

Division in Charge

  • Office for Trade Remedy Investigations, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau
  • Material Industries Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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