Following a request by the Association of European Wheels Manufacturers, the EU Commission has conducted a 15-month investigation to determine whether the anti-dumping duties of 22.30% imposed on aluminium road wheels (TARIC codes 8708 70 10 10 and 8708 70 50 10) imported from China should continue for a further five years.
The investigation concluded that:
• Although volumes had decreased, remaining exports were still at dumped prices.
• There was a spare capacity of at least 42 million units - representing 60% of EU consumption – and that the EU market remained attractive. If the duties were allowed to lapse, the product would enter the EU market at increased volumes and at dumped prices.
• Although it was decided that the EU industry had not suffered material injury as a result of the current imports of the product from China (under the regime of the anti-dumping duties), it would be materially injured if the duties were allowed to expire.
•Lastly, there were no indications that a continuation of the duties would have a significantly negative impact on EU importers or users.
It therefore concluded that the duties will remain in place until 25 January 2022.
Contact: Stuart Newman, Senior Legal Advisor