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EU imposes duties on ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China

 

EU imposes duties on ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China

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EU imposes duties on ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China
News from South China Morning Post:

The EU says imports of Chinese ceramic tableware and kitchenware are crowding out domestic sales. Photo: Sam Tsang

The European Commission on Thursday imposed provisional duties on ceramic tableware and kitchenware imported from China, despite opposition from a majority of EU member states.

Fourteen of the EU’s 27 members voted against the planned measures at a meeting of trade specialists last month, a highly unusual move that left the commission having to rethink its plans.

The commission can impose provisional duties while an investigation continues. Under EU rules, it only consults member states, but is not bound by their vote.

However, it does need to follow the majority opinion of member states for definitive duties, which would need to be set for these products by May 15. These would normally be set for five years.

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EU launches anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese ceramic tableware
News from China Daily:

The European Commission started to impose provisional anti-dumping tariffs on ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China as of Friday, despite opposition from more than half of its members, the commission said on Thursday.

The six-month tariffs range from 32.1 percent to 67.8 percent, depending on the manufacturers.

Thai manufacturers also face duties ranging from 15.9 percent to 39.7 percent, Bloomberg reported.

The move comes after two probes the commission launched in February following dumping complaints by groups on behalf of the European Union manufacturers of the products.

Before May 15, 2013, EU governments will vote whether to turn the provisional duties into five-year levies.

In 2011, Chinese exports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware to the EU were valued at 728 million euro ($ 927.59 million).

The commission claimed that Chinese and Thai exporters sold the products in the 27-nation bloc below cost, a practice known as dumping, and that European manufacturers have suffered “material injuries” due to the imports.

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