On June 15th, 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued the Decision No. 1578/QD-BCT on imposition of official anti-dumping and countervailing duties on cane sugar products imported from kingdom of Thailand (Case No.AD13-AS01). However, on August 25th, 2021 the Ministry of Industry and Trade received the dossier on requesting investigation against evasion of trade remedies of 06 domestic sugarcane industries.
According to the Decision No.1578/QD-BCT, the goods on which the official anti-dumping and countervailing duties are imposed bear the following HS codes: 1701.13.00; 1701.14.00; 1701.91.00; 1701.99.10; 1701.99.90; and 1702.90.91. The official anti-dumping duty rate is 42.99% and the official countervailing duty rate is 4.65% will be applied for 05 years since June 16th, 2021.
Until now, the exporting turnover of the products above of other countries in ASEAN (without Thailand) increases in value. The Ministry of Industry and Trade works with The Vietnam Sugarcane Association monitors the import situation and actively consults and supports the Vietnam Sugar Association as well as the domestic sugarcane industries in collecting information, data, and building request dossiers on requesting investigation against circumvention of trade remedies with cane sugar products to ensure compliance with the provisions of Vietnam’s trade remedy law.
Acts of evading trade remedies are often complex in nature, involving many matters, legal regulations and international commitments. The countries also have different regulations on this issue. In some cases, even though goods fully meet the rules of origin, they can still be considered circumvention.
According to the regulation of Article 81.1 Decree No.01/2018/ND-CP on guidelines for the law on foreign trade management on trade remedies, the Ministry of Industry and Trade confirmed that the dossier is valid. Within 45 days after the receipt of the valid dossier, the Minister of Industry and Trade shall consider the investigation based on the results of examination of dossiers of the investigating authority.
The investigation for prevention of evasion of trade remedies includes the following contents (i) Determination of actions aiming to evade trade remedies; (ii) The change of trade flows from the originating or exporting countries after the effective date of the decision on application of trade remedies and this change is the cause of such evasion; (iii) Damage to the domestic industry or the reduced effectiveness of the effective trade remedies.
The time limit for investigation of evasion of trade remedies shall not exceed 06 months since the issuance of the investigation decision.
Parties could consult with international trade dispute lawyers in Vietnam for assistance in responding to Vietnam authorities.