Japan challenges China's anti-dumping duties with WTO

Featured Japan - December 22nd, 2012
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Japan launched a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization on Thursday, challenging Beijing’s anti-dumping duties on Japanese steel firms.

The third complaint brought by Japan to the global trade body this year seeks to overturn anti-dumping duties levied by China on Japanese exports of high performance stainless steel seamless tubes, which are used in coal-fired power plants. Beijing can levy such duties if it suspects imports are being sold at unfairly cheap prices on its market, according to Reuters.

China will be given a 60-day period following the complaint to settle the dispute, after which Japan can ask the WTO to appoint a panel of adjudicators to rule on its complaint.

China levied 14.4% duty on imports from Kobe Steel and 9.2% on supplies from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., affecting $5.8 billion worth of Japanese exports to China in 2011.

Beijing would “appropriately handle” Japan’s latest complaint in accordance with the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, China’s Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.