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EU initiates investigation into possible circumvention of Anti-Dumping measures on Birch Plywood imports

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The European Commission has taken action to investigate a concerning development in the trade of birch plywood. In response to a request received from the Woodstock Consortium, the Commission has initiated an investigation into the possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures imposed on birch plywood originating in Russia. Additionally, the Commission has taken steps to make imports of birch plywood consigned from Türkiye and Kazakhstan, whether declared as originating from these countries or not, subject to registration.

The request for this investigation was submitted on July 10, 2023, invoking Articles 13(3) and 14(5) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036, commonly known as the “basic Regulation.” The Woodstock Consortium raised concerns about the potential circumvention of existing anti-dumping measures on birch plywood originating in Russia.

The product at the center of this investigation is described as plywood consisting solely of sheets of wood, each ply not exceeding 6 mm thickness, with outer plies of specified wood types, including birch wood. The product is classified under CN code 4412 33 10 and is subject to anti-dumping measures imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1930.

The investigation’s focus is on birch plywood consigned from Türkiye and Kazakhstan, whether or not it is declared as originating from these countries. This product is currently classified under CN code 4412 33 10, and it is the subject of concern regarding circumvention.

The existing anti-dumping measures, known as “the existing measures,” were imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1930 and are currently in force. The request for investigation provides sufficient evidence that these measures are being circumvented by imports of birch plywood from Türkiye and Kazakhstan.

Evidence presented in the request suggests a change in trade patterns involving exports from Russia, Türkiye, and Kazakhstan to the European Union following the imposition of existing measures. This change appears to be driven by a practice that lacks sufficient justification beyond avoiding the anti-dumping duty. Specifically, the practice involves consigning the product concerned through Türkiye and Kazakhstan to enter the European Union.

Furthermore, the evidence indicates that these circumvention practices have undermined the intended effects of the existing anti-dumping measures, both in terms of quantity and pricing. Large volumes of the product under investigation appear to have entered the EU market, and there is evidence of imports at injurious prices.

In addition to the circumvention practices mentioned, the investigation may also consider other practices covered by Article 13 of the basic Regulation.

As a result of this investigation, imports of the product under investigation will be subject to registration to enable the imposition of anti-dumping duties if the investigation confirms circumvention.

Interested parties, including the Union industry, importers, and relevant associations, are invited to provide their views and evidence in writing within the specified time limits. Parties may also request to be heard by the Commission.

The investigation will be conducted promptly and is expected to be concluded within nine months of the Regulation’s entry into force.

This development underscores the European Commission’s commitment to addressing trade practices that may undermine the effectiveness of anti-dumping measures and ensuring fair competition in the EU market.

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