EuCIA against anti-dumping measures on GF from China

Following the recent note concerning trade measures imposed by India and Turkey on glass fibre originating in China (23/07/2010), EuCIA (the European Composites Industry Association) fears that the European users might be faced with similar measures at the EU level and calls on the users to react now.

The ongoing investigation into glass fibre products originating in China (AD549) is coming to a first conclusion. The anti-dumping complaint was lodged in 2009 by the European Glass Fibre Producers (APFE). According to EuCIA sources, the European Commission plans provisional measures of 43.6% on glass fibre products as of 17 September. The European composites industry considers that such measures would be absolutely against the Community interest and will be detrimental for the composites users in the short and long term. The current glass fibre shortage reflected in the market and the persistent low business confidence level as a result of the crisis is currently experienced by the European composites industry.  To this situation, the users are now running the risk of being faced with unrealistic and very high anti-dumping duties.
The decision now lies in the hands of 27 EU Member States, but they have a very short timeframe to react to the proposal regarding the proposed provisional duties. The national governments are expected to provide their written opinion by the 11th of August. Based on the input received from the national governments of all 27 Member States, the European Commission will formulate its decision regarding provisional duties.

EuCIA is strongly encouraging companies to contact their National composites Association and together contact your local/national government.