The European Union (EU) has published a Council Regulation imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in China. The duties range from 13.1% to 23.4% for cooperating Chinese companies (around 400 companies) and 36.1% for non-cooperating companies. New exporters will be subject to a duty rate of 17.9%.
The move makes permanent the provisional imposition implemented on the 15th of November 2012 which caused shock waves and anger in the promotional products industry. We understand that a majority of Member States representing more than 70% of the EU population supported the imposition of these definitive measures and that the decision has been widely supported by European ceramics producers. There has however been a downgrading of some of the taxation levels.
EPPA, the European Promotional Product Association commented: As EPPA, we objected to this provisional anti-dumping duty as promotional ceramics would become almost twice as expensive as before. EPPA joined several hearings of the Trade Injury Team in Brussels, one of them involving all EPPA country-members, including the bpma. After being heard as an industry, the Commission imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware, excluding ceramic knives, ceramic condiment or spice mills and their ceramic grinding parts, ceramic peelers, ceramic knife sharpeners and cordierite ceramic pizza-stones. (Currently falling within CN codes ex 6911 10 00, ex 6912 00 10, ex 6912 00 30, ex 6912 00 50 and ex 6912 00 90 – TARIC codes 6911 10 00 90, 6912 00 10 11, 6912 00 10 91, 6912 00 30 10, 6912 00 50 10 and 6912 00 90 10 and originating in China).
EPPA is proud that the EU Commission heard all of our arguments and lowered the duty from 58.8% to 36.1%. For us, as an industry and as EPPA, this is big step forward in being recognised as a trade association.
The Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L 131 Volume 56 of 15 May). This also lists all co-operating Chinese manufacturers.