The Commission initiated on 14 August two anti-circumvention investigations regarding possible circumvention via Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam of the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures imposed in 2021 and 2022 against imports of stainless steel cold rolled flat products from Indonesia. EUROFER welcomes the openings and the immediate registration of the imports from those countries towards a possible retroactive application of the existing duties.
“Since the imposition of both anti-subsidy and anti-dumping measures, the direct imports of Indonesian stainless steel cold rolled flat products (SSCR) virtually disappeared”, said Axel Eggert, Director General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER). “However, the unfair practices and in particular the massive support granted to local producers by the Indonesian and Chinese governments through raw material manipulation and financing under the Belt and Road initiative are now exported from Indonesia to third countries as stainless slabs or stainless hot rolled coils that are then re-exported as finished stainless steel, including SSCR, into the EU27 market”.
A massive amount of EU imports of SSCR from the targeted third countries are in fact indirect imports from Indonesia, with Indonesian slabs or hot rolled coils undergoing only limited processing before being re-exported to the Union. These flows of indirect imports constitute a significant share of the exports of SSCR from these countries to the EU, starting to pick up over the course of the investigations in 2021 and skyrocketing after the imposition of the measures in 2022.
“Those indirect imports show clear evidence of circumvention, similar to the practices already recognized and addressed by the Commission in the previous circumvention investigation on imports of stainless hot rolled sheets and coils from Turkey. The immediate registration of the imports from Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam is therefore crucial to ensure the effectiveness of the existing measures”, concluded Mr. Eggert.