EU – On February 18, 2013 several delegates of the European umbrella association EPPA (European Promotional Products Association) were invited to be heard officially by the Trade Injury Team in Brussels on the subject of the provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating from China imposed by the EU Commission in November 2012. Following the imposement, EPPA had filed an official comment to the EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht.
According to official sources, EPPA was able to explain thoroughly what the expected consequences for the European promotional products industry will be, if the provisional measures are definitively imposed. EPPA also reports that the Trade Injury Team will take the arguments under consideration when writing their definitive findings over the next couple of weeks, after which all interested parties (including EPPA) will have ten days to comment.
Eventually the European Commission will propose to the European Council to either impose the measures definitively or terminate the case without any measures. The Council will make their final decision at the Council meeting on May 22, 2013.