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Public online consultation concerning a possible change in the methodology to establish dumping in trade defence investigations concerning the People’s Republic of China[1]

  • Policy field: TRADE
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 20/04/2016

Objective of the consultation

On 11 December 2016, certain provisions of the Accession Protocol to the WTO of the People's Republic of China expire. As a result of this expiry, the European Commission is analysing the possible impact on the EU's anti-dumping legislation (Regulation (EC) N° 1225/2009). Should an amendment of the anti-dumping legislation be deemed necessary, this may result in lower anti-dumping duties which may not offset the negative effects of dumping and may further increase dumped imports causing further injury to the EU industries concerned. This in turn may result in putting a number of jobs in the EU at risk.
The aim of the online consultation launched today is to collect stakeholders' input regarding the options on how to respond to the expiry of certain provisions of the Accession Protocol to the WTO of the People’s Republic of China. The consultation aims to ensure that all relevant stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the economic and social impacts of the options under consideration.

The Commission will utilise the results of the consultation to help it identify the most suitable regulatory and non-regulatory actions to put into effect and decide whether – and how, in a sensible, effective and efficient manner – to propose amendments to Regulation (EC) N° 1225/2009 and Regulation (EC) N°597/2009.

Additional information

The received contributions to this online consultations, together with the identification data of the respondent, will be published on the internet, unless the respondent objects to publication of their identification data by clicking the appropriate box in the questionnaire (see section 1 in the questionnaire).

Questionnaire in pdf
Link to the public on line consultation
Specific privacy statement

Further economic analysis

In addition to the public consultation, the Commission has also entrusted external consultants - Prof. Hylke Vandenbussche (KU Leuven and CEPR) and Prof. Johannes Van Biesebroeck (KU Leuven and CEPR) - with assessing the economic impact of changing the methodology for calculating normal value in trade defence investigations against China. This economic analysis is still ongoing and will be published following its completion. Indeed, the final report will also analyse potential impacts on the Member States and on sectors, as well as possible effects of the additional measures currently under consideration.

Terms of Reference for the selection of the external consultants


[1] This issue arises also in relation to other countries in a similar situation.