The WTO’s three trade remedy committees, including the Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, Committee on Safeguards and Committee on Anti-dumping Practices, all held one-day meetings during the week of October 21, 2013.
During these meetings, Taiwan expressed its concerns about several trade remedy investigations/reviews conducted by certain Members and requested these Members to comply with relevant WTO rules while conducting investigations/reviews, such as Indonesia’s safeguard investigation of flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, Brazil’s antidumping investigation of cold-rolled stainless steel sheets and India’s antidumping sunset review of poly vinyl chloride (PVC) suspension grade resin. Taiwan urged Indonesia to provide sufficient information of its safeguard investigation and requested a consultation with Indonesia once the safeguard measure has been determined for imposition. Taiwan also urged Brazil to use facts available cautiously in its anti-dumping investigations, and requested India to exclude two Taiwanese exporters which had already received a zero dumping margin in the original investigation from the ongoing sunset review.
In addition, Taiwan also continuously expressed its systemic concern about Indonesia’s lack of a domestic judicial mechanism for trade remedy disputes. According to the Antidumping Agreement and the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, each Member whose national legislation contains provisions on antidumping or countervailing measures is obliged to maintain a domestic judicial mechanism to deal with relevant disputes. However, Indonesia’s new legislation obviously does not authorize any specific or domestic courts to hear such kinds of disputes, which Taiwan considers as a derogation of Indonesia’s commitment to the WTO.
As an active Member of the WTO, Taiwan will continue to monitor Members trade remedy investigations/measures to protect its interests.