The European Union (EU) has issued a ceramics anti dumping tax under the COMMISSION REGULATION No 1072/2012 of 14 November 2012. The tax rate is ranging from 17.6% to 58.8%. The regulation imposes a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People’s Republic of China.
Why does EU impose this ceramics anti dumping tax?
This regulation will benefit the European Union industry. The EU industry consists of more than 200 producers, with factories located in different Member States. They directly employ more than 25 000 people in the production and sale of the like product.
By imposing a high tax rate for these products, the market will search for substitute product and turn to local producers instead. Dumping can eliminate local producers from the market and this will affect unemployment rate in the Union. This is certainly not in the interest of the Union, especially in the midst of financial crisis.
Which products are affected?
The product concerned is ceramic tableware and kitchenware. It can be of porcelain or china, of common pottery, stoneware, earthenware or fine pottery or other materials. The main raw materials include minerals such as kaolin, feldspar and quartz and the composition of raw materials used determines the type of the final ceramic product produced.
Claim of exclusion has been raised in the period of investigation from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011. The only claim of exclusion accepted was on ceramic (kitchen) knives. Therefore, the following products are considered as ceramic and are subject to the anti-dumping tax.
- (Fine) bone china
- Chinese/Oriental-looking items
- Durable porcelain
- Handmade porcelain
- Hand-painted tableware
The investigation has shown that all types of ceramic tableware and kitchenware, despite the differences in terms of properties and style, have the same basic physical and technical characteristics, i.e. ceramic ware primarily aimed at being in contact with food, they are basically used for the same purposes, and can be regarded as different types of the same product.