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Dispute settlement | Brussels, 22 March 2018

WTO confirms Russian duties on EU vans are illegal

The WTO Appellate Body today dismissed Russia’s appeal and upheld the EU’s arguments in the dispute on the anti-dumping duties imposed by Russia in 2013 on imports of European light commercial vehicles (LCVs).

"I am glad to see that the WTO Appellate Body confirmed the 2017 WTO ruling. It's important that every member of the WTO plays by the rules. That's what the EU is doing and we are expecting our partners to do the same. I'm looking forward to those measures being removed, so that our exports of commercial vehicles can benefit from a level-playing field on the Russian market," said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

The duties ranging from 23% to nearly 30% affect exports of Italian and German LCVs and are just one example of multiple measures taken by Russia in the recent years against EU exports.

The European Union expects Russia now to comply with the panel and Appellate Body reports by removing its anti-dumping duties on LCVs from Germany and Italy.

Background

The anti-dumping duties on light commercial vehicles introduced in May 2013 target imports from Germany, Italy and Turkey.

The measures concern light commercial vehicles between 2.8 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes of weight, van-type bodies and diesel engines with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 3.000 cm3, designed for the transport of cargo of up to two tonnes, or for the combined transport of cargo and passengers. In 2012, the exports of LCVs from Germany and Italy to the Eurasian Economic Union were worth around 120 million EUR.

The measures were adopted by the Eurasian Economic Union and apply to imports to all its countries.

The case concerns specifically Russia. At the time that the EU brought the case to the WTO in 2014, Russia was the only member of the Eurasian Economic Union that was also a member of the WTO.

Further information

WTO Appellate Body report
WTO ruling in favour of the EU in 2017
History of the case
WTO dispute settlement in a nutshell