The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa has completed its investigation into the alleged dumping of Portland cement from Pakistan. After considering all interested parties’ comments and taking into account the information from the exporters and importers, the Commission made a preliminary determination that cement dumping was causing material injury to the South African cement industry. The Commission requested the South African Revenue Service to impose provisional measures on imports for six months.
The Pakistani cement producers exporting to South Africa complained that the assessment period of 2010 – 2013 gave a misleading picture due to the high demand for cement in the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa. They claimed that taking 2010 out of the analysis would change the results of the assessment. The Commission argued that construction for the World Cup took place prior to 2010 and so this argument is invalid.
The Commission has given its final determination to the Minister of Trade, recommending definitive anti-dumping duties on Portland cement originating from Pakistan as follows:
- Lucky Cement: 14.29%
- Bestway Cement: 77.15%
- D.G. Khan Cement: 68.87%
- Attock Pakistan Cement: 63.53%
- All others: 62.69%
Adapted from report by Katherine Guenioui
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