The Australian newspaper carried a notice from the
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
("Customs") announcing the commencement
of an investigation into the alleged dumping of hot rolled plate
steel from China, Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan together with an
investigation into alleged subsidisation of hot rolled plate steel
exported to Australia from China.
According to the notice, the goods subject to the application
are flat rolled products of:
non-heat treated alloy steel of a kind commonly referred to as
Quench and Tempered ("Q&T") Green
of a width greater than 600 millimetres with a thickness equal
to or greater than 4.75 millimetres not further worked than hot
rolled, not in coils with or without patterns in relief.
Goods excluded from the investigation are:
250 megapascal (MPa) yield strength grades of plate steel with
a thickness greater than 150 millimetres;
350 MPa yield strength grades of plate steel with a thickness
greater than 100 millimetres;
Q&T Green Feed grades of plate steel with a thickness of
greater than 105 millimetres; and
heat treated Q&T grades of plate steel.
The goods are classified to the following tariff subheadings in
Schedule 3 of the Customs Tariff Act 1955 being;
7208.40.00 (statistical code 39);
7208.51.00 (statistical code 40);
7208.52.00 (statistical code 41); and
7225.40.00 (statistical codes 22 and 24).
As many would be aware, there have been a number of
investigations regarding the alleged dumping or subsidisation of
steel products from Asia including Hollow Steel Sections, Hot
Rolled Coil Steel and various types of Galvanised Steel.
As with recent investigations, the applicant is BlueScope Steel
We have been involved in recent investigations both for Asian
exporters and for Australian importers and users of steel and would
be pleased to provide assistance to those affected by the
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