Time to focus on future while fighting EU probe of Chinese ceramic tile makers

22:11, June 30, 2010      

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As it's the sixth time in 10 years that the European Union (EU) had launched an anti-dumping probe into imports of Chinese ceramic tiles, it's also time for the ceramic makers to focus on the future and think about comprehensive counter-measures.

On June 21, the EU launched an anti-dumping probe into imports of ceramic tiles originating in China.

The complaint was lodged May 7 by the European Ceramic Tile Manufacturer's Federation, which reportedly alleged that the Chinese tiles were being dumped at an average margin of 140 percent, according to the European Commission.

If the commission thinks the anti-dumping charges are true, a 430.5-percent punitive tariff would be imposed on the Chinese ceramic companies, which means the EU's ceramic market would be closed to 'made-in-China' products.

It's virtually trade protectionism in the name of anti-dumping, which the Chinese ceramic firms are battling in compliance with WTO rules.

However, as it is the sixth EU probe in 10 years, the Chinese ceramic manufacturers should focus on the future and take comprehensive counter-measures to fully cast off the anti-dumping charges.

In recent years, various preferential measures and duty drawback policies have spurred the sale of Chinese ceramic products in the international market.

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