Less EU anti dumping and anti subsidy investigations in 2012

Less EU anti dumping and anti subsidy investigations in 2012

The trading partners of EU exporters have launched 2012 138 cases or eight less than in 2011, but 15 more than 2010. The number of new measures imposed fell also from 36 in 2011 to 20 in 2012

The EU Commission increased its monitoring of trade defence actions taken by non-EU countries in response to the growing complexity of cases and the appearance of new users of trade defence instruments. 2012 saw India with 21 cases against the EU, as biggest users of trade defence against EU or its Member States, overtaking the US as historical leader with 18 cases and China ranked third with 16 cases, but it was Indonesia that launched the most new investigations. In 2012 there were 19 investigations initiated and in the first quarter of 2013 there were two new launched. The resulting measures are shown in table 1


In 2012 there were two textile relevant measures imposed, both were concerning Egypt, one was on cotton yarn (definitely effective on July 23, 2012 and the other on cotton textile (definitive as of February 29, 2012).

There were 37 reviews initiated in 2012 and seven in the first quarter of 2013 and its results can be had from table 2


Looking at the measures being in force before 2012, we find a definite measure of March 24, 2008 concerning Brazil and Indigo Blue delivered from Germany, further Viscose Yarn and Fibres (2009) supplied from Austria. Then a case from China on Caprolactam, delivered from Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Netherlands and Poland (2011). Another case was raised by Indonesia on cotton yarn other than sewing thread, leading to a provisional measure in 2011, then Kazakhstan on wadding and articles of wadding, absorbents cotton wadding and articles thereof supplied from Germany and Italy and were definitively implied in 2011. Turkey raised two cases on travel goods, handbags and similar containers involving supplies from Belgium, Germany, Spain, France and Italy, as well as the Netherlands (2008) and on footwear from Germany, Greece, Spain and Slovenia, as well as on certain chemicals deriving from various EU countries.

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