Anti-dumping investigation initiated on pasta imported from Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey

Bolux Group, Namib Mills, Pioneer Foods, and Tiger Brands applied for anti-dumping duties on pasta imported from Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, and Turkey.

The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) initiated has initiated the investigation today, 21 September 2020.

The subject product is, classified under tariff subheading 1902.19 and 1902.11.

Tariff subheading 1902.11 is included in the investigation because the applicants alleged that pasta products are incorrectly cleared as pasta containing eggs (classifiable under HS 1902.11), to avoid payment of Customs duty.

The applicants

The investigation has initiated following an application by Bolux Group (Pty) Ltd, Namib Mills (Pty) Ltd, Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd, and Tiger Brands Limited. These are SACU producers of the subject product.

The local producers are alleging that pasta is dumped in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) market. The dumped pasta is alleged to be causing material injury and a threat of material injury.

Dumping margin

Significant dumping margins were calculated by the applicants and these are; 367.25% (Turkey), 68.41% (Latvia), 43.27% (Egypt), and 2.45% (Lithuania).

Period of investigation

The period of investigation for purposes of determining the dumping margin in the exporting countries is 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. The period of investigation for purposes of determining material injury is 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019.

Exporter and importer submission deadline

Exporters of pasta from Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, and Turkey can make submissions until 19 October 2020. The same deadline applies to SACU importers of the subject product.

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