Vietnam: investigation into the application of measures to prevent circumvention of trade remedies for cane sugar products from Thailand
On September 21, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce issued Decision No. 2171 / QD-BCT on the investigation and application of measures to prevent the evasion of trade remedies against dumping and l anti-subsidy on cane sugar products originating in Thailand accused of having escaped through 5 ASEAN countries including Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar based on documents from request from the representative of the national industry and the Vietnam Sugar Association.
Previously, on February 9, 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued decision 477 / QD-BCT applying a anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tax on cane sugar products originating in Thailand.
In addition, on June 15, 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Trade continued to issue Decision No. 1578 / QD-BCT applying official anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures to certain sugar cane products imported into Vietnam from from Thailand.
Import data from customs authorities show that sugar imports are declared to originate from the five ASEAN countries mentioned above during the period after Vietnam initiated anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation on sugarcane. from Thailand from October 2020 to June 2021, which increased sharply from the previous 9 month period.
In which, the import volume increased from 107,600 tons to 527,200 tons and the amount of sugar imported from Thailand to Vietnam decreased by almost 38%, from 955,500 tons to 595,000 tons.
Immediately after the amount of sugar imported from some ASEAN countries (apart from Thailand) showed signs of increasing, the Trade Remedies Administration (Ministry of Industry and Commerce) and related units actively consulted and supported the Vietnam Sugar Association as well as the national cane sugar industry. collect information and data, put together an investigation request file against the evasion of trade remedies with sugar cane products.
The profile of the domestic manufacturing industry provided information and evidence that there are signs of trade remedy circumvention in the five ASEAN countries mentioned above, mainly reflected by the sudden increase in imports from of these countries.
Investigate the application of measures to prevent circumvention of trade remedies for cane sugar products
After initiating an investigation, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade will send an investigation questionnaire to the parties concerned in order to gather information in order to analyze, assess and clarify the allegations as well as investigate the allegations. acts of circumvention of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures in accordance with the law.
In addition, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will also verify and confirm the information provided by related parties before concluding the formal investigation into the case.
In addition, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will investigate and implement the necessary measures in accordance with the provisions of the law and international commitments aimed at establishing a fair competitive environment for the domestic sugar industry and ensuring the effectiveness of trade remedies.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade also recommends that all organizations and persons who import, export, distribute, market and use the register of goods under investigation as related parties and provide the necessary information to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and closely monitor to ensure their legitimacy rights and interests.