China is investigating anti-dumping duties on Ethanolamine, again

Publish time:11/27/2017 12:00:00 AM      Source: CCM
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China has a 13 years’ history of anti-dumping measurements for ethanolamine imports. After the last case ended in November 2015, 6 major manufacturers in China have applied again for anti-dumping investigations regarding the period of 2015 to 2016.

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOC), the office is investigating anti-dumping duties for imports of ethanolamine, which is imported from countries like the USA, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The investigation was announced on September 28 by the Ministry of Commerce. The request was submitted by 6 Chinese enterprises, including Jiaxing Jinyan, Hubei Xianlin, and Shanghai Fine Chemical. As part of the investigation, the Ministry of Commerce will review the qualification, the background of ethanolamine, and the influence on the domestic industry to decide about the anti-dumping duty.

According to the applying enterprises and a preliminary review of the Ministry of Commerce, the output of ethanolamine of the Applicants from the years 2014 to 2016 represented more than 50% of the total output in China, which conformed to provisions in China’s anti-dumping regulations on application for anti-dumping investigation submitted by the relevant domestic industry. Meanwhile, the application contained details and relevant evidence required in accordance with Article 14 and Article 15 of the Anti-dumping Regulations for case-filing of anti-dumping investigations.

As of the date of the Announcement, the Ministry of Commerce conducts the case-filing of anti-dumping investigations against imports of ethanolamine originated in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Thailand within an investigation period from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, and the investigation period of industry injury is from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

The products that are specifically under investigation are ethanolamine related products, which include monoethanolamine, diethanolamine and triethanolamine. The investigation should be concluded by Oct. 30 next year, but, in special circumstances, may be extended to April 30, 2019, according to the statement.

About ethanolamine

The main purposes of ethanolamine are the usage in producing surfactant, intermediates for agricultural chemicals and medicine, chemic necessities and personal hygiene. Another area of use is the production of emulsifiers, fluorescence whitening agent VBL, refining acid gas treating agents, cement grinding aids, cutting fluids, water reducers, industrial antifreeze, petroleum additives, leather softeners, lubricant anti-corrosive agents and anti-carbon additives, and it is widely used in industries of industrial cleaning, gas purification, pesticide and pharmaceutical, daily chemical industry, textile printing and dyeing, construction and building materials, metal processing.

Anti-dumping of ethanolamine in the past

In the past 13 years, import of ethanolamine to China has been investigated several times for anti-dumping duties. The first time was in November 2004, when the Ministry of Commerce released an announcement, deciding to take anti-dumping measures against imports of ethanolamine, including monoethanolamine and diethanolamine, imported from Japan, the USA, Iran, Malaysia, Taiwan and Mexico. The anti-dumping measurement was set to last for 5 years.

In November 2009, after the first five years have been expired, the Ministry of Commerce released another announcement, deciding to terminate the anti-dumping measures for ethanolamine to imports originated in Iran and Mexico.

One year later, the Ministry of Commerce decided to maintain the anti-dumping measures against imports of ethanolamine originated in Japan, the USA, Malaysia and Taiwan for 5 years as well.

In the beginning of 2015, the Ministry of Commerce released announced officially, that the anti-dumping measures would expire in November 2015. From the date of release of this announcement to the time of 60 days before the expiration of the anti-dumping measures, natural persons, legal persons or relevant organizations in the Chinese Mainland industry or on behalf of the Chinese Mainland industry could make an application for expiry review to the Ministry of Commerce.

As no application was set from Chinese companies in that year, the Ministry of Commerce had terminated the anti-dumping measures applicable to ethanolamine imports originated in Japan, the US, Malaysia and Taiwan with effect from November 2015.

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