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Korea – Sunset Review of Anti-Dumping Duties on Stainless Steel Bars


Key Facts

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Short Title: Korea — Stainless Steel Bars
Respondent: Korea
Third Parties: United States; China; Chinese Taipei; European Union; Russian Federation; India; Kazakhstan;
Complaintant(s): Japan;
Dispute Number: DS553
Link to Dispute Site: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/cases_e/ds553_e.htm
Dispute Subject(s): Anti-dumping Measures; GATT 1994;
Dispute Status: Pending


On June 18, 2018, Japan requested consultations with Korea concerning Korea’s determination to continue the imposition of anti-dumping duties on stainless steel bars from Japan, based on the conclusion of the third sunset review of anti-dumping duties on stainless steel bars from Japan, India and Spain.

Japan claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles 1, 6.5, 6.8, 6.9, 11.3, 11.4, 12.2, 12.3 and paragraphs 3 and 7 of Annex II of the Anti-Dumping Agreement; and
  • Article VI of the GATT 1994.

On September 13, 2018, Japan requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on September 26, 2018, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on October 29, 2018, the DSB established a panel. China, the European Union, India, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei and the United States reserved their third-party rights.

On January 14, 2019, Japan requested the Director-General to compose the panel. On January 21, 2019, the Director-General composed the panel.

Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
10/07/2019 U.S. Third Party Executive Summary 
09/30/2019 U.S. Third-Party Responses to Panel Questions 
09/10/2019 U.S. Third-Party Oral Statement