Indonesia has launched an anti-dumping investigation into imports of aluminium-zinc coated steel from China and Vietnam, Kallanish notes.
The targeted products are categorised under HS codes 7210.61.11, 7212.50.23, 7212.50.24, 7212.50.29, 7225.99.90, 7226.99.19 and 7226.99.99. Indonesia’s anti-dumping committee, Kadi, initiated the investigation on 26 August after receiving a complaint from domestic producer PT NS BlueScope Indonesia.
Indonesia removed its safeguard measures for these products effective 28 March 2019, according to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Ministry of Finance of Indonesia had previously applied safeguard measures on aluminium-zinc coated steel products with a width of 600mm or more. The measures on galvalume, which had excluded 120 countries, commenced in July 2014.
Taiwan and Vietnam began consultations with Indonesia in June 2015 to complain against the measures on the basis that they were inconsistent with WTO rules. The WTO found that the safeguard duty was “…inconsistent with Indonesia’s most favoured nation (MFN) treatment obligation because it exempted galvalume originating in certain WTO Members from the scope of application of the specific duty while not exempting others."