Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the “Ministry of Commerce”) received, on April 21, 2014, a written petition for anti-dumping investigation formally submitted by Chongqing Shanwaishan Science & Technology Co Ltd (hereinafter referred to as “the Petitioner”) on behalf of domestic industry of hemodialysis equipment, in which the Petitioner requested an anti-dumping investigation to be conducted against imports of hemodialysis equipment originated in Japan and the EU. In accordance with relevant provisions of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Anti-dumping, the Ministry of Commerce conducted an investigation into the qualification of the Petitioner, relevant situations of the products in question and the products of the same kind in China, impact of the imported products on domestic industry and the relevant situations of countries (regions) involved.
The evidence initially provided by the Petitioner and the initial review of the Ministry of Commerce suggest that, the total output of hemodialysis equipment of Chongqing Duotai Medical Equipment Co Ltd, Chengdu Weilisheng Biotech Co Ltd and Chongqing Aokland Medical Equipment Research Co Ltd, complies with the provisions of Article 11, Article 13 and Article 17 of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Anti-dumping on applying by domestic industry for anti-dumping investigation.
It is claimed in the petition that, imports of hemodialysis equipment originated in Japan and the EU are exported to China at a price lower than the normal value. With the normal value determined based on the sales prices of the same products as those petitioned for investigations in the EU and Japanese markets, the export price based on the export price subject to the customs statistics of the products petitioned for investigation to China and adjustment made to various comparable factors affecting the prices, it is claimed in the petition that the margin of the products involved in the petition is comparatively large. At the same time, it is claimed in the petition, that the absolute and relative number of products entered into Chinese market increase obviously, which will reduce and inhibit the price of the same products in the domestic industry, thus leading to the deterioration of production and operation indexes such as the domestic operating rates, sales, market share, sales revenue, income before tax, ROI, and net cash follows, etc. The domestic industry has suffered from material injuries and there are causal links between the dumping of the products and the substantive industries suffered by the domestic industry. Upon review, the Ministry of Commerce believes that the petition contains the contents and relevant evidence required in Article 14 and Article 15 of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Anti-dumping for case filing of anti-dumping investigation.
In accordance with the abovementioned review results and the provisions of Article 16 of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Anti-dumping, the Ministry of Commerce decided to initiate an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hemodialysis equipment originated in Japan and the EU as of June 13, 2014. Relevant matters are now hereby announced as follows:
I. Case-filing Investigation and Investigation Period
As of the date of issuance of the Announcement, the Ministry of Commerce conducts anti-dumping case-filing investigations against imports of hemodialysis equipment originated in the EU and Japan within an investigation period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, and the investigation period of industry injury is from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013.
II. Products under Investigation and Scope of Investigation
Scope of investigation: Imports of hemodialysis equipment originated in the EU and Japan.
Name of products under investigation: 血液透析机，又称人工肾机、人工透析机, or Hemodialysis Equipment, or Renal Dialysis Equipment, Artificial Kidneys in English.
Detailed description: the hemodialysis equipment is a kind of medical instrument for hemodialysis that removes toxic substances in the excessive nitrogen compounds, metabolic byproducts or excessive drugs in human blood via extracorporeal circulation by artificially imitating the filtration of kidney and adjusts the balance of water and electrolyte so as to realize the treatment function. The hemodialysis equipment is a highly integrated system that mainly consists of three subsystems, i.e. extracorporeal blood circulation system, liquid circulation system and monitoring system.
The product is listed under tariff number of 90189040 in the Customs Import and Export Tariff of the People’s Republic of China. Products other than the hemodialysis equipment under such number shall be excluded from those under investigation.
III. Registration for Responding
Any interested party may, within 20 days from the release of the Announcement, register with the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of MOFCOM for responding, and shall, in accordance with the Reference Format for Responding to Anti-dumping Investigation, provide the volume and value of the products under investigation exported to China during the investigation period and its production capacity, output, inventory, plans for construction and expansion as well as other illustrative materials during the industrial injury investigation period. The Reference Format for Responding to Anti-dumping Investigation is available for downloading from relevant website attached (the same below).
Interested party referred to herein shall be any individual or entity under Article 19 of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Anti-dumping.
IV. Reference of Public Information
Any interested party may access to relevant websites to download or go to the reading consultation room of trade relief public information of the Ministry of Commerce (Tel: 0086-10-65197878) to review, consult, copy and print non-confidential text of the petition submitted by the Petitioner of the case. In the course of investigation, any interested party may view the public information of the case on the website mentioned above or go to the consultation room of trade relief public information of the Ministry of Commerce to view, consult, copy and print the public information of the case.
V. Comments on Case Filing
Any interested party may submit its written comments to Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of MOFCOM within 20 days as of the date on which the Announcement is issued if it has any comment on the coverage and classification of the products under this round of investigation, qualification of the Petitioner, countries under investigation and other related issues.
VI. Methods of Investigation
The Ministry of Commerce may adopt the methods of questionnaire, sampling, hearing, on-site verification or other methods to obtain and investigate information from interested parties in accordance with Article 20 of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Anti-dumping.
In order to obtain the information required for the investigation of the case, the Ministry of Commerce will usually distribute questionnaires to the foreign exporters or producers and domestic producers and importers that are involved in the case within 10 working days upon expiration of the registered response specified in the Announcement. Interested parties registered for the investigation may also download the questionnaire from relevant website.
Information inquired in the Questionnaire for Foreign Exporters or Producers of the Anti-dumping Case of Hemodialysis Equipment includes such matters as organization and operation of the company, products under investigation, export sales to China (Mainland), domestic (regional) sales, operation and financial information, production costs and relevant expenses, estimated dumping margin and verification sheets. The information inquired in the Questionnaire for Domestic Producers of the Anti-dumping Case of Hemodialysis Equipment includes the basic information of the company, details of the domestic products of the same kind, operation and relevant information and financial and relevant information as well as other issues required to be stated. The information inquired in the Questionnaire for Domestic Importers of Anti-dumping the Case of Hemodialysis Equipment includes the basic information of the company, the trading information of the products under investigation and relevant information.
Any other interested party that does not register the investigation may directly download the questionnaire from relevant website or seek for the same from the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of MOFCOM and fill and submit the questionnaire as required.
All companies shall submit their answers to the Questionnaire in a complete and accurate manner within the specified period of time, which shall contain all the information required by the Questionnaire.
VII. Submission and Treatment of Confidential Information
If the information submitted by any interested party to the Ministry of Commerce is required to keep confidential, a request to keep such information confidential shall be made to the Ministry of Commerce and relevant reasons shall be stated. If the Ministry of Commerce approves such requests, interested party applying for confidentiality may also provide a non-confidential summary of such confidential information, which shall include sufficient and meaningful information so that other interested parties may have a reasonable understanding of such confidential information. If it fails to provide such non-confidential summary, reasons shall be stated. If the confidentiality is not stated in the information submitted by any interested party, the Ministry of Commerce will deem it as public information.
VIII. Consequences of Non-cooperation
In accordance with Article 21 of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Anti-dumping, when the Ministry of Commerce is making an investigation, any interested party shall truthfully reflect the situation and provide relevant information. If any interested party fails to do so or fails to provide necessary information within a reasonable time limit or severely impede such investigation, the Ministry of Commerce may make ruling based on the facts acquired and the best information obtained.
IX. Investigation Period
The investigation shall commence on June 13, 2014 and usually end before June 13, 2015, and may be extended to December 13, 2015 under special circumstances.
X. Contact Information of the Ministry of Commerce
Address: No. 2 Dong Chang’an Avenue, Beijing
Zip code: 100731
Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of MOFCOM
Tel: 0086-10-85093406, 65198182
Relevant websites: 1. Sub-web of Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce (http://trb.mofcom.gov.cn); 2. China Trade Remedy Information Web (http://www.cacs.gov.cn)
Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China
June 13, 2014
Translated by Tian Liping
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