European Commission proposes duties of 13.8% on chinese glass fibre in the AD549 investigation

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Commission considers arguments presented by EuCIA and Industry representatives
Based on EuCIA sources, the European Commission has released this week a document to the EU27 Member States for consultation on the ongoing investigation into certain glass fibre originating in China (AD549). The consultative document represents the final conclusions of the Commission since the start of the investigation on the 17th of December 2009.

The Commission considered the points raised by EuCIA and industry representatives to a large extend and is proposing definitive measures of 13.8% as of 16th of March 2011. Additionally, the proposal excludes yarns from the proceedings. This proposal follows the Commission Regulation 812/2010 imposing provisional import duties of 43.6% for a period of 6 months since the 17th of September.

EuCIA welcomes the new proposal of the Commission to significantly reduce the duties by more than 50% as a first step into the Users direction, but continues to highlight that the impacts of such duties - if finally imposed - will seriously damage the composites production - and should not be underestimated.

Joined efforts from the industry against the investigation following provisional duties

Since the notification of the provisional measures of 43.6%, a high number of Users and Associations representing the interests of parties involved in the composites productions across Europe jointly questioned the investigation and the initial conclusions - as unrealistic and unrepresentative of the industry.

In the light of the new proposal from the Commission and the proposed definitive duties of 13.8% which represents a very high difference compared with the initial 43.6% figure, the users continue to highlight that import duties should not have been imposed at all in the first place. With an estimated number of 10.000 companies across Europe and around 150.000 employees, such duties will lead to negative consequences for the national economies and employment creation and retention.

Still: Definitive duties are NOT decided - awareness of the impacts at national level needs to go on

On the 13th of January, representatives of the EU27 Member States will meet in Brussels and discuss the Commission proposal. The proposal will be accepted unless an absolute majority i.e. 14 Member States will vote against it.
EuCIA encourages interested parties to get in contact with the national government and association as soon as possible and explain the effects of import duties on your business.

About EuCIA

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) is an umbrella organisation based in Brussels. Its main objective is the representation of the European National composite Associations as well as industry specific Sector Groups, such as those targeting end-segments like automotive or those promoting particular product groups or processes. Today EuCIA represents approx. 8.000 companies in 11 countries across Europe, active in the composite industry. In 2007 EuCIA became a Sector Group of the European Plastic Converters (EuPC). Through its Members EuCIA is promoting a good trading environment in a continuously expanding European composites network.

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