China Officially Launches ‘Double Anti’ Probes on EU Wine Imports

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Jul. 5 – China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released their “Announcement on Anti-Dumping Investigation of EU Wine Imports (Announcement [2013] No. 36) ” and “Announcement on Anti-Subsidy Investigation on EU Wine Imports (Announcement [2013] No.37)” this week, officially launching anti-dumping and anti-subsidy (“double-anti”) probes into wines imported into China from the European Union (EU).

The release of these Announcements comes off the heels of the China Alcoholic Drinks Association’s request for a formal investigation on May 15, 2013.

Specifically, in Announcement No. 37, MOFCOM states that China has already negotiated with the EU’s European Commission on June 17 regarding the relevant matters of the anti-subsidy investigation, and that the European Commission had already replied with their written comments on June 21. As such, MOFCOM has concluded that there is no need to conduct negotiations before starting an anti-dumping probe – a policy that is in accordance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Anti-Dumping Agreement.

The period that is being investigated for dumping and subsidies is the period covering January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Further, MOFCOM is also investigating related industry injuries for the period of January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2012. The investigations are expected to end before July 1, 2014, but the deadline may be extended to January 1, 2015 under special circumstances.

Any interested parties who would like to apply to participate in the anti-dumping or anti-subsidy suit should submit applications by July 21, 2013. The applications should include the total quantity and price of the wine products that the company/individual has imported into China between January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

The Bureau of Fair Trade for Import and Export is in charge of the committee running the double-anti investigation, and the Bureau of Industry Injury Investigation will handle injury investigations.

“MOFCOM will follow the principles of openness, fairness and transparency, and fully respect all interested parties’ legal rights, and make a fair ruling based on objective facts and relevant laws and regulations,” MOFCOM said in a statement.

To apply to participate in the industry injury investigation, please refer to:

For more relevant information on the double-anti investigation, please see:

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