China - HP-SSST: Last Part of Growing Pains?

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Dukgeun Ahn

Seoul National University

Maurizio Zanardi

University of Surrey - School of Economics

Date Written: September 2016


In December 2012 Japan requested the establishment of a World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel regarding AD duties that China had imposed on high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (HP-SSST). The European Union joined as a complainant in June 2013. To some degree, this dispute follows earlier ones involving China, as similar procedural and substantial issues were raised in previous cases. However, this is the first time that the WTO Panel rejected some important claims, only for those decisions to be reversed by the Appellate Body. Now that various rulings have clarified these legal issues, it remains to be seen if HP-SSST represents the last part of growing pains for Chinese authorities to learn about AD legal procedures.

Keywords: antidumping, WTO trade disputes, impact analysis, essential fact, price undercutting, non-attribution, China

JEL Classification: F13, K33

Suggested Citation

Ahn, Dukgeun and Zanardi, Maurizio, China - HP-SSST: Last Part of Growing Pains? (September 2016). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2016/48, Available at SSRN: or

Dukgeun Ahn (Contact Author)

Seoul National University ( email )

Graduate School of International Studies
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Seoul, 151-742
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Maurizio Zanardi

University of Surrey - School of Economics ( email )

Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

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