Business Digest, November 27, 2012

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Beijing probes alleged dumping from abroad

Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, 3:14am

China announces anti-dumping cases on some chemicals

China will implement anti-dumping measures against precursor chemical toluene di-isocyanate imported from Europe and has begun a separate investigation of other chemical imports from Europe and the United States, the government said on Wednesday.

14 Nov 2012 - 10:38am

China criticises steep US duties on solar panels

Workers install solar panels at a power plant in Hami city in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Photo: AP

The United States slapped steep final duties on billions of dollars of solar energy products from China, but turned down a request from lawmakers and US manufacturers to expand the scope of its order. China’s government and its solar manufacturers criticised the decision, adding more heat to the US-China trade relationship following a congressional panel report on Monday urging American companies not to do business with two Chinese telecommunications companies because of security concerns.

11 Oct 2012 - 1:58pm 1 comment

EU launches probe into China's dumping of solar products

China is accused of dumping solar panels and parts in Europe.

The European Union has launched a probe into alleged dumping of solar panels and parts by mainland producers at below-market prices and in quantities that have purportedly hurt the European industry.

7 Sep 2012 - 2:51am

Secret Warrior against waste

Tsang Sik operates undercover - but he's no police officer. His latest secret mission was to expose how much edible food is being dumped by one of the major supermarket chains.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

China slams US probe on solar products dumping

China has contested a United States decision to launch anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations on Chinese-made solar power panels.

Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang yesterday criticised the US for initiating trade frictions and that for the first time the probes centred on a Chinese clean-energy export.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Test case for land abuse curbs

A new policy designed to plug loopholes that allow the notorious 'destroy first, build later' approach in the New Territories is about to be tested as a landowner in Yuen Long seeks official approval to turn a site onto which it previously dumped earth and other materials into a plant nursery.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Welcome step in New Territories

So long as there is more to be gained than lost, people can be expected to exploit loopholes in the law. One of the most egregious examples has to be illegal filling of rural land and ponds in the New Territories to pave the way for development.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

US slaps 450pc tax on Chinese drill pipes

The US government is to impose massive new duties on oil industry drill pipes and drill collars bought from China after a knife-edge decision designed to win back American firms more than US$170million in lost sales.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Single authority the key to proper urban planning

Illegal dumping and other abuses that plague the New Territories are fraught with law-enforcement issues. They range from weak legislation and claims to private property rights to difficulties in identifying culprits. This is not helped by the division of responsibilities between government departments that frustrates effective action.

21 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

China hits out at US duties on steel pipes

China has denounced the United States for imposing anti-dumping duties of up to 99.14 per cent on mainland-made steel pipes in an escalating trade clash ahead of US President Barack Obama's first visit to Beijing.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Outcry as EU plans to extend tariff on shoes

A European Union plan to extend a hefty tariff on Chinese and Vietnamese shoes by at least 15 months has sparked an outcry from the world's largest footwear manufacturer and major retailers.

9 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Under dispute

Yesterday: The European Union imposes a maximum 30 per cent anti-dumping duty on aluminium foil from three countries, including China, while a duty of as much as 39.2 per cent is applied to Chinese-made seamless steel pipes over the next five years

Sep 23: A US labour union says that it and three companies had filed a trade complaint over imports of Chinese paper

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

'All means' vowed to get dumpers

Illegal dumpers destroying green areas of the New Territories will be pursued using all available laws, an official from the Environment Bureau has told the Sunday Morning Post.

'What we intend to do is to send out a message that we will explore every possible channel that is available under the law and the government as a whole is serious about that,' the official said.

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

US trade agency seeks hefty duties on Chinese tyres

The United States International Trade Commission has proposed imposing additional import duties of as much as 55 per cent on Chinese-made passenger vehicle and light truck tyres, despite the split views of its board members.

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am