Final anti-dumping duties imposed on clear float glass originating in or imported from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Final anti-dumping duties on clear float glass originating in or imported from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been gazetted.

The anti-dumping duties have been implemented from today, 7 February 2020. The impacted products are classified under tariff subheadings; 7005.29.23, 7005.29.25 and 7005.29.35.

The anti-dumping duties have been imposed following an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) on 17 August 2018.

PFG Building Glass, the local manufacturer of the subject product submitted an application requesting ITAC to consider and investigate the possibility of dumping.

Dumping occurs when a foreign company exports a specific product (in this case clear float glass) into the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) market at a price lower than what the same product is sold in its home market (in this case UAE and Saudi Arabia). If you want to learn more about anti-dumping and other trade protection instruments click here.

On 22 March 2019, provisional anti-dumping duties were imposed on both countries; the UAE 38.1% and Saudi Arabia (23.9%).

It should be noted that the provisional anti-dumping duties imposed on the UAE were much higher than the final duty which is now 16.8%. The provisional duty imposed on Saudi Arabia was carried through as the final duty as it was kept at 23.9%.

It is interesting to note that while the anti-dumping investigation was going on ITAC initiated an anti-circumvention investigation following an application by PFG Building Glass.

The applicant alleged that since the imposition of a provisional anti-dumping duty, the Saudi Arabian and UAE exporter is routing its exports into South Africa via Egypt.

This is considered to be duty circumvention. The anti-circumvention investigation is still ongoing.

If you want to know more or if you are considering an anti-dumping application on your own products, contact us on infor@tradesolutions.co.za.