MOIT issuing decision on investigation and application of anti-dumping measures on industrial wooden boards originating from Thailand and Malaysia

On April 16, 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued Decision No. 940 / QD-BCT on conducting investigation and application of anti-dumping measures on a number of industrial wooden boards (often called MDF wood) originating from Thailand and Malaysia imported into Vietnam.

The investigation was initiated based on the Document submitted by the representative of the domestic manufacturing industry on October 18, 2018.  MDF VRG Kien Giang Wood Joint Stock Company, MDF VRG Dongwha Wood Joint Stock Company, MDF VRG Wood Joint Stock Company,  Quang Tri and Kim Tin MDF Joint Stock Company are domestic manufacturer making request for this investigation.

The claimant has accused the import of industrial wood products from Thailand and Malaysia which have been dumping into Vietnam with a dumping margin of 18.59% to 50.6% and the dumping price is the main cause of significant damage to Vietnam’s industrial board industry.

Next steps:

According to the law, after initiating the investigation, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will send the questionnaire to related parties to collect information to analyze and evaluate the alleged contents including: Action of dumping  price of Thai and Malaysian exporters; damage of the Vietnamese industrial board industry and the causal relationship between dumping and the loss of industrial wood board manufacturing.

In case of necessity, based on the preliminary investigation results, the Ministry of Industry and Trade may apply temporary anti-dumping measures to prevent further dumping, causing significant damage to the industry.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade will conduct the verification and re-verify the information provided by the parties before completing the official investigation conclusion on the case. At the same time, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will also organize public consultations for stakeholders to directly exchange, provide information and express their views on the case before making a final conclusion on the case.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade recommends that all organizations and individuals who are importing, distributing, trading and using goods subject to investigation be registered as a related party and provide necessary information to the Ministry of Industry and Trade to ensure their rights and benefits in accordance with the law.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade may apply anti-dumping duty which is effective backward for goods subject to tax within 90 days before the application of temporary anti-dumping duty.

Therefore, the Ministry of Industry and Trade recommends that organizations and individuals in the process of signing import contracts, distribution, business and use of investigated goods should pay attention to the possibility of applying temporary anti-dumping tax  and anti-dumping taxes are effective backwards.

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