In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio, is given to the Ministry of Economy (“Ministry”). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

During the first quarter of 2017, the Ministry has initiated 2 new dumping investigations, one re-initiation of an investigation and 2 final review investigations while announcing or revising dumping measures in certain investigations.

Below is a bullet-point summary of the status of the anti-dumping cases initiated or revised during the first quarter of 2017:

- Communiqué No. 2017/1 dated March 7th, 2017, concerning unbleached craft papers originating from United States of America: The Ministry announced its decision upon the completion of the investigation on imports of “unbleached craft papers 4804.11.11.10.00, 4804.11.15.10.00 and 4804.11.90.10.00 CN Codes” originating from United States of America. In this respect, the Ministry has decided to revise the range and the scope of the current dumping measures on the products that were placed in 2015.

- Communiqué No. 2017/2 dated January 12th 2017, concerning various products originating from Thailand, India, Chinese Taipei and People’s Republic of China: The Ministry announced the ongoing anti-dumping measures that will expire in the second half of 2017. According to this Communiqué, if a final review investigation is not e initiated, the following measures will expire as of the second half of 2017: (i) imports of “vulcanized rubber yards and robes” originating from Thailand, (ii) imports of “polyester texturized yards” originating from India and Chinese Taipei, (iii) imports of “plywoods” originating from People’s Republic of China, (iv) imports of “granite” originating from People’s Republic of China.

- Communiqué No. 2017/3 dated February 23rd 2017, concerning flux cored welding wire originating from the People's Republic Of China: The Ministry announced its decision as a result of the completion of its final review investigation on imports of “wires filled up with base metals 8311.20.00.00.00 CN Code” originating from the People's Republic Of China. The Ministry has decided that the measure effective under the Communiqué No. 2011/16 published on the Official Gazette dated July 8th 2011 and numbered 28008, shall remain in effect as is.

- Communiqué No. 2017/4 dated February 23 rd, 2017, concerning terephthalic acid originating from Republic of Korea, Belgium and Spain: The Ministry announced that it has initiated an anti-dumping investigation on the imports of “terephthalic acid 2917.36.00.00.11 CN Code” originating from Republic of Korea, Belgium and Spain. 

- Communiqué No. 2017/5 date February 25th, 2017, concerning polyester partially oriented yarn originating from People's Republic Of China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam: The Ministry initiated an investigation for the termination of current dumping measures on imports of “yarn partially oriented from polyester” originating from People's Republic Of China, Republic of India, Malaysia, Republic of Indonesia, Taiwan, Kingdom of Thailand and Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

- Communiqué No. 2017/6 dated April 1st, 2017, concerning solar panels originating from People's Republic Of China: The Ministry announced its decision upon the completion of the anti-dumping investigation on “solar modules and panels 8541.40.90.00.14 CN Code” originating from Republic of Korea. In this respect, the Ministry has decided to apply an antidumping tax of 20 to 25 USD/m2 on the imports of solar panels originating from People's Republic Of China.

- Communiqué No. 2017/7 dated March 31st, 2017, concerning phthalic anhydride originating from Republic of Korea: The Ministry announced its decision upon the completion of the anti-dumping investigation on “phthalic anhydride 2917.35.00.00.00 CN Code” originating from Republic of Korea. In this respect, the Ministry has decided to implement an anti-dumping tax of 8,44 % on the imports of “phthalic anhydride 2917.35.00.00.00 CN Code” originating from Republic of Korea.

- Communiqué No. 2017/8 dated March 21st, 2017, concerning wall-type split airconditioners & outdoor unit of wall-type split air-conditioners & indoor unit of wall-type split air-conditioners, originating from People’s Republic of China: The Ministry initiated a final review investigation against the current strict dumping measures on imports of “wall type split air conditioners”, “external units of wall type split air conditioners (except from external units of split air conditioners with variable refrigerant volume)” and “internal units of wall type split air conditioners” originating from People’s Republic of China.

- Communiqué No. 2017/9 dated March 24th, 2017, concerning sodium percarbonate originating from Federal Republic of Germany and Kingdom of Sweden: The Ministry has announced that it has initiated an anti-dumping investigation on the imports of “sodium percarbonate 2836.99.90.10.00 CN Code” originating from Federal Republic of Germany and Kingdom of Sweden. 

(First published in Mondaq on April 10, 2017)