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Actions against imports into the EU | Brussels, 11th August 2017

The European Commission imposes provisional anti-dumping duties on steel products from China

After an eight month investigation the Commission has decided to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese corrosion resistant steel.

The Commission's investigations confirmed that these Chinese products had been sold at artificially low prices. Therefore, imports of corrosion resistant steel from China will now be taxed with anti-dumping duties of up to 28.5%. This will reduce the pressure on European industry and help to ensure a level playing field for EU steel.

This product is typically used in the construction industry as material for cladding, in the production of welded pipes and tubes and in the manufacturing of domestic appliances. The product is also known as hot-dipped galvanised steel.

The investigation was initiated on 9 December 2016 following a complaint submitted by the European steel industry. The Commission will decide within the coming six months whether these measures will become definitive. According to the Regulation, interested parties will now have time to make comments on the decision.

This is just one example of the Commission using the EU trade policy toolbox to tackle problems related to the dumping of steel. The EU currently has an unprecedented number of trade defence measures in place targeting unfair imports of steel products, with a total of 43 anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures, 20 of which are on products originating from China. In addition, the EU is tackling the root causes of overcapacity in the global steel industry through active involvement in the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity launched last December.

More details on the case can be found on its dedicated webpage

The full Regulation in the Official Journal (translated into 23 languages)