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Australia’s ADC recommends ending anti-dumping probe into copper pipe imports from Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC — Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) has proposed concluding its investigation into allegations that copper pipes imported from Vietnam are dumped on the Australian market.

The latest report from the ADC, dated September 1, exonerates the sole cooperating respondent from Vietnam, who also happens to be the country’s largest exporter of copper pipes to Australia, from any dumping activities.

The report also indicates that other Vietnamese exporters have dumping margins of around 1.3%, which falls below the 2% threshold.

Stakeholders have until September 21, 2023 to provide feedback on the ADC’s most recent report.

The investigation was initially launched on March 22, 2021 following a complaint by MM Kembla, an Australian copper tube manufacturer.

On October 29, 2021, the ADC issued Statement of Essential Facts Report No. 580 (SEF 580), recommending the termination of the investigation, asserting that Vietnamese exporters were not engaged in dumping practices. However, this decision was overturned by Australia’s Anti-Dumping Review Panel (ADRP) on July 7, 2022.

The ADRP cited several deficiencies in the ADC’s findings, including inadequate comparisons between exported goods and similar products sold in Australia. Additionally, transactions between the respondent company in Vietnam and its affiliated importer in Australia, Hailiang Australia, raised questions about their independence.

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