Brussels, 08 February 2018 – The European Commission has today imposed final measures on Corrosion Resistant Steel[i] (CRS), confirming the tariff levels it established at the provisional stage in August 2017. However, the European Steel Association (EUROFER) – which welcomes the outcome of the anti-dumping investigation – is concerned that Chinese exporters have been circumventing the measures already in force, and avoiding paying the duties.
“The Commission has made the right move in combatting dumping from China on this steel product”, said Axel Eggert, Director General of EUROFER. “However, we have received reports that Chinese exporters have been misclassifying or transhipping their Corrosion Resistant Steels in order to circumvent legitimate anti-dumping measures”.
“Circumvention is fraud, as is knowingly falsifying customs declarations. It undermines the EU’s trade defence tools and represents bad faith on the part of the exporters”, said Mr Eggert.
“EUROFER will work closely with customs authorities and with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) to ensure the proper enforcement of the measures”.
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[i] Corrosion Resistant Steel (CRS) is mainly used in the construction sector for various cladding building materials but also for the manufacturing of domestic appliances, deep-drawing and stamping processes and small welded pipes. Anti-dumping case AD639 defines the product thusly: “Flat-rolled products of iron or alloy steel or non-alloy steel; aluminium killed; plated or coated by hot dip galvanisation with zinc and/or with aluminium, and no other metal; chemically passivated; containing by weight: 0,015 % or more but not more than 0,170 % of carbon, 0,015 % or more but not more than 0,100 % of aluminium, not more than 0,045 % of niobium, not more than 0,010 % of titanium and not more than 0,010 % of vanadium; presented in coils, cut-to-length sheets and narrow strips; and originating in the PRC.”
The publication in the Official Journal of the European Union can be found: here