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VN imposes new steel tariffs

Update: September, 08/2014 - 08:17

The MoIT's Decision No. 7896/QD-BCT imposes tariffs ranging from 10.71 per cent to 37.29 per cent on stainless steel from mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia.— Photo bizlive

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on Friday issued the order to impose tariffs on stainless steel products imported from four countries to protect the domestic market.

This is the first time Viet Nam has ordered the imposition of duties on imported stainless steel products following its integration into the world economy. The MoIT's Decision No. 7896/QD-BCT imposes tariffs ranging from 10.71 per cent to 37.29 per cent on stainless steel from mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Under the decision, which takes effect 30 days from the day it was signed, duties will be imposed specifically on cold-rolled stainless steel products classified under Harmonization System Codes or HS Code of 7219.32.00, along with 7219.33.00, 7219.34.00, 7219.35.00 and 7219.90.00, as well as 7220.20.10, 7220.20.90, 7220.90.10 and 7220.90.90.

The highest duty, at 37.29 per cent, is to be imposed on Yuan Long Stainless Steel Corporation of Taiwan. Other Taiwanese steel manufacturers such as Yieh United Steel Corporation will be subjected to a 13.79 per cent tariff.

Among the Chinese steel manufacturers, Fujian Southeast Stainless Steel Company Ltd, will be assessed a 6.87 per cent tariff while Lianzhong Stainless Steel Corporation will be paying a 4.64 per cent tarrif and Fujian Southeast Stainless Steel Company Ltd, 6.58 per cent.

PT Jindal Stainless Indonesia and other Indonesian steel manufacturers will be assessed a 3.07 per cent duty while Bahru Stainless Sdn Bhd and other Malaysian manufacturers will be subjected to a 10.71 per cent tariff.

In July 2013, the MoIT's Viet Nam Competition Authority (VCA) initiated an anti-dumping investigation on stainless steel imports at the request of Posco VST and Hoa Binh Inox, which have urged the imposition of anti-dumping duties on stainless steel products from the four countries.

The two manufacturers account for 80 per cent of Viet Nam's inox market shares. They have complained about increasing losses, falling revenues and prices and high inventories resulting from competition with cheap imported products, which were up to 25 per cent lower in price than their own products.

At present, imported cold-rolled steel products are charged a zero to 10 per cent import tax based on their origin. The zero per cent tax rate applies to products from China and the ASEAN nations in compliance with commitments made by Viet Nam under ASEAN Free Trade Agreements.

In December 2013, the VCA concluded its investigation and said the steel manufacturers of the four countries had showed signs of dumping products in the Vietnamese market and forcing the domestic steel industry to suffer heavy losses.

The VCA then proposed that anti-dumping tariffs, ranging from 6.45 per cent to 30.73 per cent, on stainless steel imports from these countries be imposed within 120 days.

On August 13, the assembly reviewing the anti-dumping tariffs met and agreed to impose duties that were higher than those proposed by the VCA last year. — VNS

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