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Announcement of the Anti-Dumping Duty Investigation on Hot-dipped Galvanized Steel Wire Originating in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea: Adjustment of the Scope of the Product Subject to the Investigation and Extension of the Period of Investigation

April 28, 2022

Since June 14, 2021, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) have been conducting an anti-dumping duty investigation on hot-dipped galvanized steel wire originating in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea. In this case, it was considered appropriate to continue the investigation after expanding the product coverage, and therefore the government of Japan adjusted the scope of the product subject to the investigation today. In addition, the period of investigation was extended by six months. The purpose of this extension is to provide opportunities for the interested parties to submit additional evidence etc. with regard to the adjustment of the scope, and to examine evidence etc. closely while ensuring transparency of the investigation.

Outline

The investigation found that hot-dipped galvanized steel wire containing a small amount of boron* (hereinafter referred to as GSWB) was produced and exported from an exporting country to Japan.
There is a possibility that GSWB is produced and sold like the product** subject to the investigation which had been previously notified. Therefore, from March 14, 2022, the government has provided opportunities for interested parties and industrial users to submit evidence and express their opinions about expanding the product coverage.
Consequently, the government decided to adjust the scope of the product subject to the investigation (Reference1).
In addition, the government extended the period of investigation by six months***, until December 13, 2022 (Reference 2). The purpose of this extension is to provide opportunities for interested parties to submit additional evidence etc. with regard to the adjustment of the scope, and to examine evidence etc. closely while ensuring transparency of the investigation. 

*Note: Wire of other alloy steel plated or coated with zinc, containing by weight 0.0008 percent or more and 0.007 percent or less of boron, less than basis of other elements listed in Note 1(f) to Chapter 72 of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, which is classified under subheading 7229.90 of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, containing by weight less than 0.25 percent of carbon of the maximum cross sectional dimension exceeding 1.5 mm (excluding electroplated or flat wire (the shape of cross-section is flat))
**Note: Wire of iron or non-alloy steel plated or coated with zinc, which is classified under subheading 7217.20 of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, containing by weight less than 0.25 percent of carbon of the maximum cross sectional dimension exceeding 1.5 mm (excluding electroplated or flat wire (the shape of cross-section is flat))
***Note: Investigations are to be concluded within one year, but the period can be extended at most six months if it is found necessary for special reasons.

Reference

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