RB1&2 2017 RI
Certain Concrete Reinforcing Bar
Notice of Re-investigation
Ottawa, December 4, 2017
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated a re-investigation to update the normal values and export prices respecting certain concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China (China), the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Turkey (Rebar 1), and originating in or exported from the Republic of Belarus (Belarus), Chinese Taipei, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Portuguese Republic and the Kingdom of Spain (Rebar 2) and the amounts of subsidy of certain rebar originating in or exported from China, in accordance with the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA).
The product definitions as well as additional product information and the applicable Harmonized System classification numbers of the goods subject to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (CITT) findings are contained in Appendix 1 (subject goods).
The re-investigation is part of the ongoing enforcement of the CITT’s threat of injury finding issued on January 9, 2015 in Rebar 1 and the CITT’s injury finding issued on May 3, 2017, in Rebar 2. It is anticipated that this re-investigation will be concluded by May 4, 2018. A re-investigation schedule is available at: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/ri-re/menu-eng.html.
As part of this re-investigation, the CBSA will also be conducting an inquiry pursuant to section 20 of SIMA respecting the long products steel industry sector in China and the rebar sector in Belarus. All interested parties are welcome to provide facts and supporting information to the CBSA if they wish to comment on the application of section 20 of SIMA.
Normal values and amounts of subsidy established during this re-investigation will be effective for the subject goods released from the CBSA on or after the date of the conclusion of the re-investigation. Normal values and amounts of subsidy currently in place will expire on that date. In addition, the normal values and amounts of subsidy determined on the basis of the re-investigation will be applied to any entries of subject goods under appeal that have yet to be re determined at the time of the conclusion of this re-investigation.
Exporters that wish to participate in this re-investigation are required to provide a complete and accurate response to the CBSA’s Dumping Request for Information (RFI) and Subsidy RFI (China) by January 11, 2018. An exporter will be considered co-operative if the requested information is complete, submitted on time and the exporter permits verification of the data.
Exporters that are not the manufacturer of the subject goods (e.g. trading companies, vendors, etc.) will receive normal values only to the extent that their suppliers/manufacturers provide sufficient information to the CBSA to permit the determination of normal values and export prices.
Where an exporter of subject goods and/or the manufacturer of that exporter does not provide sufficient information to determine specific normal values, export prices or amounts of subsidy, or does not permit verification of information submitted, anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties will be determined in accordance with a ministerial specifications pursuant to SIMA.
Please note that, for the current re-investigation, the CBSA is contacting all known and potential exporters. However, any importers or exporters who have not received a letter from the CBSA with the accompanying RFIs, and who wish to provide a response to the RFI are advised to contact one of the officers identified below. Similarly, it is suggested that importers contact their exporter(s) to determine if the exporter(s) has received the Exporter RFI and whether they intend to cooperate with the CBSA in this re-investigation.
Responses to the Importer RFI are due by December 29, 2017. Importers are cautioned that new normal values or amounts of subsidy (China), when issued, may be higher than those currently in effect and that this could result in additional assessments of anti dumping and/or countervailing duty. Importers are also cautioned that unless an exporter (manufacturer) cooperates in this re-investigation and receives specific normal values or amounts of subsidy at its conclusion, subsequent imports of subject goods from that exporter will be assessed anti-dumping and countervailing duties based on the ministerial specifications indicated above.
The closing of the record for parties will be at noon on April 5, 2018. Case arguments and reply submissions from parties shall be filed by noon, on April 12, 2018 and April 19, 2018, respectively.
In addition, in cases where changes occur in domestic prices, market conditions or costs associated with the production and sales of the subject goods, or amounts of subsidy received, the concerned parties are responsible for informing the CBSA of such changes in writing and in a timely manner. If the concerned parties do not or did not properly notify the CBSA of substantial changes, or if they do not provide the information required to make any necessary adjustments to values, retroactive assessments of anti dumping or countervailing duty may be warranted
Any questions concerning the above should be directed to:
SIMA Registry and Disclosure Unit
Trade and Anti-dumping Programs Directorate
Canada Border Services Agency
100 Metcalfe Street, 11th floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8
Officers' names and contact information:
- Robert Wright: 613-954-1643
- Wu Ping Wei: 613-954-7180
Appendix 1 - Product Definitions
Subject goods are defined as:
Hot-rolled deformed steel concrete reinforcing bar in straight lengths or coils, commonly identified as rebar, in various diameters up to and including 56.4 millimeters, in various finishes, excluding plain round bar and fabricated rebar products, originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Turkey.
10-mm-diameter (10M) rebar produced to meet the requirements of CSA G30 18.09 (or equivalent standards) and coated to meet the requirements of epoxy standard ASTM A775/A 775M 04a (or equivalent standards) in lengths from 1 foot (30.48 cm) up to and including 8 feet (243.84 cm).
Subject goods are defined as:
Hot-rolled deformed steel concrete reinforcing bar in straight lengths or coils, commonly identified as rebar, in various diameters up to and including 56.4 millimeters, in various finishes, excluding plain round bar and fabricated rebar products, originating in or exported from the Republic of Belarus, Chinese Taipei, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Portuguese Republic and the Kingdom of Spain. Also excluded is 10 mm diameter (10M) rebar produced to meet the requirements of CSA G30 18.09 (or equivalent standards) that is coated to meet the requirements of epoxy standard ASTM A775/A 775M 04a (or equivalent standards) in lengths from 1 foot (30.48 cm) up to and including 8 feet (243.84 cm).
Additional Product Information
For further clarity, the subject goods include all hot rolled deformed bar, rolled from billet steel, rail steel, axle steel, low alloy steel and other alloy steel that does not comply with the definition of stainless steel.
Uncoated rebar, sometimes referred to as black rebar, is generally used for projects in non corrosive environments where anti corrosion coatings are not required. On the other hand, anti corrosion coated rebar is used in concrete projects that are subjected to corrosive environments, such as road salt. Examples of anti corrosion coated rebar are epoxy or hot dip galvanized rebar. The subject goods include uncoated rebar and rebar that has a coating or finish applied.
Fabricated rebar products are generally engineered using computer automated design programs, and are made to the customer’s unique project requirements. The fabricated rebar products are normally finished with either a protective or corrosion resistant coating. Fabricated rebar is not included in the product definition of subject goods. Rebar that is simply cut to length is not considered to be a fabricated rebar and it is included in the definition of subject goods.
Rebar is produced in Canada in accordance with the National Standard of Canada CAN/CSA G30.18-M92 for Billet Steel Bar for Concrete Reinforcement (National Standard) prepared by the Standards Association and approved by the Standards Council of Canada.
The standard lengths for rebar are 6 metres (20 feet), 12 metres (40 feet) and 18 metres (60 feet), although rebar can be cut and sold in other lengths as specified by customers, or sold in coils
Harmonized System Classification Numbers
The subject goods are normally classified under the following 10-digit Harmonized System classification numbers:
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