On June 19, 2023, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam issued Decision No. 1466/QD-BCT regarding the second review of the application of anti-dumping measures on sweetener products (monosodium glutamate) from China and Indonesia.
On July 22, 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam issued Decision No. 1933/QD-BCT, officially applying anti-dumping duties on certain sweetener products originating from China and Indonesia.
On April 6, 2022, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued Decision No. 640/QD-BCT, which presented the results of the first review of the application of anti-dumping duties on certain sweetener products originating from China and Indonesia.
Article 58 of Decree No. 10/2018/ND-CP stipulates that within 60 days before the end of each year from the date of the decision to apply anti-dumping measures, countervailing measures, relevant parties have the right to submit review requests. Following the procedure, a related party, consisting of a group of Chinese companies producing the taxed products (Fufeng Group), has submitted a review request to the Trade Remedies Administration. The Administration has confirmed the receipt of a duly completed and valid request according to the legal regulations.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will initiate the second review of the application of anti-dumping measures on sweetener products from China and Indonesia as stated in Decision No. 1466/QD-BCT issued on June 19, 2023. The review period will be from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.
The process of review for this second review will be 6 months from the date of the review decision. In necessary cases, an extension of up to 3 months may be granted.
This review aims to assess the impacts of applying anti-dumping duties on sweetener products on Chinese companies, as requested in the review, and subsequently implement corresponding adjustments such as reducing, waiving, or increasing the applied duties. The review process will not affect the current effective anti-dumping measures.
If necessary, other parties may register as related parties within the scope of the review by the Investigating Agency in Vietnam. They will receive the questionnaire and may be subject to on-site investigations if deemed necessary by the Investigating Agency.
Cooperation during the investigation process is crucial to obtain preferential duty rates and even the possibility of exemption from anti-dumping duties. Therefore, related parties should cooperate to the best of their abilities by providing documents and responding to the questionnaire from the Investigating Agency in Vietnam in good faith.
To protect their interests, parties involved in the review should contact a law firm specializing in anti-dumping and trade remedies in Vietnam and internationally to receive assistance throughout the review process.
Detailed information, procedures, and investigation timelines can be downloaded here.