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European Parliament toughens law to limit Chinese imports

Staff Writer | November 16, 2017
The European Parliament overwhelmingly passed a law that gives the EU far more legal freedom to tighten trade barriers against excessively cheap imports from China.
Cecilia Malmström
Trade relations   To tighten trade barriers
The law, several years in the making, introduces a new method for drawing up anti-dumping duties over imports from third countries that demonstrate significant distortions to the global market. It was passed by 554 votes to 48 against.

It also allows authorities to take into account environmental and workplace standards when setting import duties.

This law “will ensure that European industry remains well-equipped to deal with the unfair competition”, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told MEPs in Strasbourg, France, ahead of the vote.

The law is due to enter into force before the end of the year.