Recent developments have put the European Union’s (EU)  trade defense rules under pressure when it comes to Anti-Dumping.

In January, the EU imposed extra duties on China and Taiwan for dumping stainless steel tube and a type of butt-welded pipe fitting on the European market.

In mid-May, the EU slapped Anti-Dumping duties on more steel products from China to stop them flooding Europe's struggling steel market. The European Commission (EC) has said that a new investigation shows Chinese seamless pipes were being sold in Europe at dumped prices, according to The Associated Press.

Those Chinese exports were taxed with an extra duty ranging from 29.2 percent to 54.9 percent.

“This is another clear example of how we’re using the available toolbox of trade defense instruments to address unfair imports of steel,” said EC Spokesman Margaritis Schinas. 

China has condemned the EC for imposing new anti-dumping duties on its steel products, accusing the EU  of making China an industrial scapegoat, according to a June report from Inquirer.Net.

The 28-nation bloc has held steadfast, indicating it would levy duties of up to 35.9 percent on Chinese hot-rolled flat steel in an attempt to create a level playing field with China as it broadens its campaign to protect Europe’s struggling steel manufacturers.

These recent events, which have put the EU’s trade defense rules under pressure, will cause changes to those rules in the near EC mid-term, including discussions of what is likely to happen during the ongoing dispute before the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body initiated at China’s request. However, the EU  is looking to renew past modifications designed to address China’s change of status in the WTO.

The latest news from the EU about Anti-Dumping and China has caused concern among global importers as they watch Anti-Dumping and Countervailing play a pivotal role in increased taxes. Most are asking:

  • Who are the main players in EU trade defense investigations and their roles?
  • What type of trade defense measures EU institutions can impose?
  • What are the different interpretations that the EU and China make of China’s market economy status?
  • What modifications to the basic anti-dumping and anti-subsidy regulations have been tabled by the EC?

To help stay informed on regulatory changes and understand the impact on a company’s ability to trade, importers in the EU can turn to Integration Point, a leading provider of global trade management (GTM) solutions. Integration Point offers a comprehensive suite of global trade management products encompassing all industries, geographies, and trade programs.  By delivering visibility and localized knowledge for 200+ countries and territories on a single, web-based platform, Integration Point enables companies to achieve global compliance while maximizing supply chain savings. 

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Recent Developments with Anti-Dumping in the European Union

July 20th 2017 3:00 p.m. CEST/9:00 a.m. EDT

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