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European Commission (Anti-Dumping Investigations)

Volume 981: debated on Friday 28 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many anti-dumping cases on behalf of the United Kingdom are currently before the European Commission; how long they have been under consideration; and what is the time taken in dealing with such cases by the Commission.

[pursuant to his reply, 25 March 1980]: An analysis of 16 cases completed during 1978 and 1979 shows that under normal circumstances the Commission takes about four months to conclude a case from the date of its formal opening for full investigation. In addition, 1979 saw the conclusion of four unusually complicated cases, each of which took over a year to complete. The following is a table of uncompleted cases in which United Kingdom producers have an interest and the dates on which they were formally opened for investigation. The table does not include cases which have been both opened and closed during the period, and is not therefore representative of the time normally taken by the Commission to deal with cases.

Commodity, country of origin and date the case was formally opened for investigation.

  • 1. G/S light bulbs—Hungary, Poland, GDR, Czechoslovakia—5.9.78.
  • 2. Fibre building board—USSR, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Spain, Norway, Finland, Sweden—30.11.78.
  • 3. Motor car tyres—Czechoslovakia, GDR, Romania, Yugoslavia—28.4.79.
  • 4. Acrylic fibre—USA, Japan—12.6.79, Provisional anti-dumping duty against imports from the USA in force.
  • 5. Cotton yarn—Turkey—3.8.79.
  • 6. Saccharin—Japan, China, USA—17.8.79.
  • 7. Mechanical alarm clocks—GDR, USSR, China, Czechoslovakia, Hong Kong—24.8.79.
  • 8. Ball bearings—Japan, USSR, Poland, Romania—18.9.79.
  • 9. Seamless steel tubes—Spain—19.10.79.
  • 10. Anchor chains—Sweden, Spain—14.12.79.
  • 11. Stainless steel bar—Brazil—18.12.79.