Argentina Hits Back on Tile Imports
The Argentina Ministry of Production has issued Resolution 701-E/2016 which the unglazed tile imported from China to carry out the anti-dumping review of the investigation. The customs code of MERCOSUR products is 6907.90.00. The Resolution shall enter into force on the date of promulgation.
This latest blow comes at the end of a long recent history of trade barriers. Back as far as January 25, 2013, Argentina’s former Ministry of Economy and Finance decided that, on the products involved in anti-dumping final ruling, polished tiles from China and unpolished tiles were levied 12.20 US dollars/sqm, 8.77 US dollars/sqm of anti-dumping duties. On January 5, 2016, ILVA and CANTERAS CERRO NEGRO applied for a review of the environmental changes in the implementation of the anti-dumping duties.
Even further back, on July 27, 2011, Argentina initiated anti-dumping investigation on the ceramic tiles imported from China (HS Code 69079000), following this in 2012, Argentina announced a five-year anti-dumping duty on Feb 21 on ceramic tiles from China ranging from $8.77 to $12.2 per square meter, the Ministry of Commerce said.
On August 28 that year, the State Secretariat of the Department of Economy and Public Finance delivered a notice to the economic and commercial department of the Chinese Embassy in Argentina, notifying that in accordance with Resolution No. 470 on August 27, Argentina decided to impose preliminary anti-dumping duties on the ceramic tiles imports from China (HS Code 69079000), tariff rate is US $4.62/sqm. The resolution went into effect on August 28 and was valid for 6 months.