EU hits China, Russia with steel anti-dumping duties

Agence France-Presse
EU hits China, Russia with steel anti-dumping duties
The European Commission says it is reestablishing 'a level playing field between EU and foreign producers'

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union on Thursday, August 4, hit China and Russia with anti-dumping duties on cold rolled steel imports after complaints by EU producers they were being forced out of the market.

The European Commission said the levies, announced provisionally in February, will run for 5 years as Europe tries to cope with a global steel glut largely driven by massive Chinese output.

“In the wake of the global steel overcapacity crisis, the Commission is applying the trade defense instruments to reestablish a level playing field between EU and foreign producers,” it said in a statement.

Cold rolled steel is used extensively by industry to make all sorts of goods and appliances, from automobiles to refrigerators.

The Commission said the anti-dumping duties on Chinese cold rolled steel will range from 19.7% to 22.1%, and from 18.7% to 36.1% for Russian companies.

It said the EU has more than 100 trade defense measures in place, 37 of them targeting unfair imports of steel products of which 15 are Chinese.

The EU has had a whole series of trade disputes with China, its second largest trading partner and which makes more than half the world’s steel.

Beijing has not been slow to respond to what it sees as unfair measures and late last month imposed anti-dumping tariffs on some steel imports from the EU, Japan, and South Korea. –

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