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EU shifts war with China to steel field

Steel tubesThe European Union requested the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva to rule over a dispute concerning Chinese anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (HP-SSST) from the EU.

The EU believes the Chinese anti-dumping duties are incompatible with WTO law, both on procedural and on substantive grounds. At the EU's request, consultations were held on 17 and 18 July 2013 to resolve the dispute. However, they did not satisfy the EU's concerns about the WTO-incompatibility of the Chinese measures.

High-performance stainless steel seamless tubes are used mainly in superheaters and reheaters of supercritical or ultra-supercritical boilers in power stations. EU exports of these tubes to China were worth some 90 million euros in 2009, but fell to under €20 million around the time when China imposed definitive anti-dumping duties in November 2012. Since then, the duties of 9.7% to 11.1% imposed on imports of steel tubes from the EU are significantly hampering access to the Chinese market.

"The EU continues its fight against unjustified Chinese trade defence measures, which do not comply with WTO rules and often seem to be motivated by retaliation. The Chinese case was brought shortly after a European case against Chinese steel imports. Given its obvious technical weaknesses, we are confident that the WTO will support our claims against these anti-dumping duties," said EU Trade Spokesman John Clancy.




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