On 18 August 2017, Ukraine notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 10 August 2017 a safeguard investigation on sulfuric acid and oleum.
In the notification Ukraine indicated, among other things, as follows:
“Address for correspondence: Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; M. Hrushevskogo str. 12/2, Kyiv, 01008; Phone: +38044 253-93-94, +38044 253-74-69, +38044 253-63-71; Fax: +38044 226-31-81; e-mail: email@example.com
Information Contact Point: Phone: +38044 596-67-36, 596-67-48; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“Within 30 days from the notice publication the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine carries out registration of interested parties and considers the requirements for conducting of hearings. In investigation initiation enquiry it is necessary to indicate: name, juridical address, fax and telephone number, e-mail and name of contact person, type of activity (producer, importer, exporter, etc.).
Within 45 days from the notice publication the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine considers the written comments on the initiation of investigation. Information should be provided in Ukrainian or in original language, accompanied by the Ukrainian translation. If case the information is confidential, it is necessary to prepare and submit to the Ministry both confidential and non-confidential versions.”
Further information is available in G/SG/N/6/UKR/12.
What is a safeguard investigation?
A safeguard investigation seeks to determine whether increased imports of a product are causing, or is threatening to cause, serious injury to a domestic industry.
During a safeguard investigation, importers, exporters and other interested parties may present evidence and views and respond to the presentations of other parties.
A WTO member may take a safeguard action (i.e. restrict imports of a product temporarily) only if the increased imports of the product are found to be causing, or threatening to cause, serious injury.