China's Ministry of Commerce has decided to impose anti-dumping
duties on methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) from Japan, China's Taiwan and
Its final ruling in the case said these exports constitute
dumping and have inflicted losses on local manufacturers.
The duties take effect Nov. 22 and will replace interim
penalties that were imposed on Aug. 9 this year. The rates will
range from 9.6 percent to 66.45 percent, depending on the producer,
the ministry said in an announcement.
The duties will be in effect for five years, retroactive to the
date of the preliminary ruling.
China launched the anti-dumping investigation on Nov. 22,
2006,and the preliminary ruling came out on Aug. 8.
MEK is a solvent widely used in making paints, dyes and
China's MEK consumption is expected to reach 240,000 tons next
year, with more than half imported, according to the website of the
China Engineering Consulting Association.
(Xinhua News Agency November 22, 2007)