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Sunset Review of Anti-dumping Duties on Pakistan Cement Underway

December 15, 2020

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

A sunset review of the anti-dumping duties on Portland cement originating in or imported from Pakistan is to be undertaken.

The trade, industry and competition department announced the initiation of the sunset review in Government Gazette 43986.

The review, to be undertaken by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), follows an announcement in 2019 that the anti-dumping duties on Portland cement imported from Pakistan will expire on 17 December 2020.

The Concrete Institute NPC on behalf of the Southern African Customs Union industry applied on 24 August 2020 for a sunset review to be undertaken as the expiry of the duties would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury.

ITAC agreed to initiate a review.

The investigation period for dumping is from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019 and the injury investigation involves evaluation of data for the period of 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43981, the department published new standards in terms of the Standards Act.

New standards include overhead lines – requirements and tests for spacers; distributed energy resources connection with the grid; low-voltage switchgear and controlgear – part 1: general rules and low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies – part 1: general rules.

In Notice 711, draft standards were published for comment.

Draft standards include information technology – service management – part 1: service management system requirements; connectors – safety requirements and tests; protection against lightning -thunderstorm warning systems and cranes – wire ropes – care, maintenance, installation, examination and discard.