Information contained in the domestic industry's application and the antidumping commission's report was showing no sign of volume injury during the investigation period 2014-2017, according to EC.
Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission (EC) has submitted a written comment to Australian authorities with regard to the initiation of antidumping investigation on imports from Austria, Finland and Slovakia. According to EC, the injury and causality analysis provided by the authorities "do not appear to be convincing at this stage of the investigation."
Australia's government has launched an antidumping probe into copy paper imports from Austria, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and South Korea in mid-March. The investigation was initiated upon complaint of Australia's uncoated woodfree paper manufacturer Australian Paper. The company alleges that copy paper from the five countries has been sold in Australia at prices "less than normal value", causing material injury to the domestic industry.
The EC explained that information contained in the industry application and Australia's antidumping commission's report was showing no sign of volume injury during the investigation period 2014-2017. Against the trend of a shrinking market, Australia's industry increased its sales and deliveries and has substantially expanded its market share to reach approximately 72% in 2017, the EC said. In addition, the domestic industry increased its profits by 10% in 2017.
Imports from the allegedly dumping origins increased from below 1% to 11% of the total copy paper market in 2017.