Announcement of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China  No. 23
The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the “MOFCOM” or the "Ministry of Commerce") received, on April 22, 2019, an application for anti-dumping investigation formally submitted by Zhejiang NHU Special Materials Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “the Applicant”) on behalf of domestic industry of polyphenylene sulfide ("PPS"), in which the Applicant requested an anti-dumping investigation against imports of PPS originating in Japan, the United States, South Korea and Malaysia. In accordance with the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the MOFCOM conducted an investigation into the qualification of the Applicant, relevant situation about the product in question and the product of the same kind in China, impact of the imported products on domestic industry and the relevant situations of countries involved.
According to the evidence provided by the Applicant and the preliminary review of the Ministry of Commerce, the total PPS output of the Applicant and its supporters n 2018 accounted for more than 50% of that of the same kind in China, and therefore Article 11 and Article 13 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China on applying for an anti-dumping investigation by domestic industry are met. At the same time, the application contains the contents and relevant evidence as required in Article 14 and Article 15 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China for an anti-dumping investigation.
As per the review results, the MOFCOM decided, according to Article 16 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, to file an anti-dumping investigation against imports of PPS originating in Japan, the United States, South Korea and Malaysia as of May 30, 2019. Relevant matters are hereby announced as follows:
I. Filing for Investigation and Investigation Period
As of the issue date hereof, the MOFCOM conducted the anti-dumping investigation against imports of PPS originating in Japan, the United States, South Korea and Malaysia. The anti-dumping investigation period is from January 01, 2018 to December 31, 2018, and the investigation period for industrial damages is from January 01, 2015 to December 31, 2018.
II. Product under Investigation and Scope of Investigation
Scope of investigation: Imports of PPS originating in Japan, the United States, South Korea and Malaysia
Product under investigation: 聚苯硫醚 (full name: 聚苯基硫醚, or 聚亚苯基硫醚)
Name in English: Polyphenylene sulfide, PPS for short.
Description: PPS is a high performance thermoplastic resin and its composition with phenylene sulfide (molecular formula C6H4S) in the molecular chain. No matter whether it has been modified or mixed or added with glass fiber, mineral powder and other fillers and additives, it has excellent properties such as high temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, radiation resistance, flame retardant and electrical insulation.
Main purposes: PPS can be used in fiber spinning, film making, coating, injection molding, extrusion moulding, alloy, etc. The products are widely used in textile, automobile, electronic and electric appliances, machinery, petroleum, chemical industry, aerospace and other fields.
The product is listed under tariff number of 39119000 in the Customs Import and Export Tariff of the People's Republic of China. Other products under the above tariff number fall beyond the scope of this investigation.
III. Registration for Participating in the Investigation
Any interested party shall register with the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce for participating in this anti-dumping investigation within 20 days after the date of release hereof. Interested parties participating in the investigation are required to provide basic identity information, quantity and amount of the products under investigation exported to or importing from China, quantity and amount of similar products produced and sold and relationship and other illustrative materials based on the Reference Format of the Registration to Participate in the Investigation, which can be downloaded from the related website (URL attached, the same below).
For the purposes hereof, the interested parties are individuals and organizations as defined in Article 19 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China.
IV. Access to Public Information
The interested parties can download the unclassified text of the application submitted by the Applicant through the relevant websites, or search, read, transcribe and copy the same in the MOFCOM Trade Relief Public Information Office (Tel.: 0086-10-65197878). During the investigation, the interested parties can refer to public information about the case through the relevant websites, or search, read, transcribe and copy the same in the MOFCOM Trade Relief Public Information Office.
If any interested party has any comments on the product scope, the qualification of the Applicant, countries covered by the investigation regarding this investigation and other related questions, it may submit its opinions in written form to Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce within 20 days as of the date of release hereof.
VI. Investigation Methods
In accordance with Article 20 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, the MOFCOM may get to know the related situation and conduct investigation via questionnaire, sampling, hearing, site investigation and other manners from the interested parties.
In order to obtain the information required for the investigation of this case, the MOFCOM usually issues questionnaires within 10 working days from the deadline for registering for participating in the investigation as prescribed herein, to overseas importers or producers and domestic manufacturers and importers. Interested parties registered can download the questionnaire from the related websites.
Information inquired in the Questionnaire for Foreign Exporters or Producers of the Anti-dumping Case of Polyphenylene Sulfide includes such matters as organization and operation of the company, product under investigation, export to China for sales, domestic sales, operation and financial information, production costs and relevant expenses, estimated dumping margin and verification sheets as well as other contents. Information inquired in the Questionnaire for Domestic Producers of the Anti-dumping Case of Polyphenylene Sulfide includes the basic information of the company, details of the domestic products of the same kind, operation and relevant information, financial and relevant information as well as other issues required to be stated. Information inquired in the Questionnaire for Domestic Importers of the Anti-dumping Case of Polyphenylene Sulfide includes the basic information of the company, the trading information of the product under investigation and relevant information.
Other interested parties who do not register for participating in the investigation can download the questionnaire from the related websites, or obtain the same from the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce and fill in the same as required.
All the companies are required to submit complete and accurate answers within the time as specified. The reply shall contain all information required in the questionnaire.
VII. Submission and Processing of Confidential Information
Where it is necessary to keep confidential the information submitted by the interested parties to the MOFCOM, they may request the MOFCOM to make confidential treatments and explain the reasons. If the MOFCOM agrees on their request, the interested parties applying for confidentiality shall provide non-confidential summary of the confidential information at the same time. Non-confidential summary shall contain sufficiently meaningful information to make other interested parties have a reasonable understanding of the confidential information. If non-confidential summary cannot be provided, reasons shall be made clear. If the interested parties do not require for confidential treatment for the information they have submitted, the MOFCOM will consider the said information as public information.
VIII. Non-cooperation Consequences
In accordance with Article 21 of the Anti-dumping Regulations of the People's Republic of China, when the MOFCOM makes an investigation, an interested party shall faithfully reflect situations and provide relevant materials. If an interested party fails to do so, fails to provide necessary information or fails to provide the same within a reasonable time, or seriously impedes an investigation in any other way, the MOFCOM may give a ruling according to facts already obtained and the best information available.
IX. Investigation Period
This investigation starts on May 30, 2019, and usually ends prior to May 30, 2020; however, the investigation can be extended to November 30, 2020 under special circumstances.
X. Contact Information
Address: No. 2 Dong Chang'an Avenue, Beijing, China
Postal code: 100731
Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce
Tel.: 0086-10-65197589, 65198062
Related websites: Sub-website of the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce (http://trb.mofcom.gov.cn)
China Trade Remedy Information Network (http://www.cacs.mofcom.gov.cn)
Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China
May 30, 2019