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EU wine imports face probe

By Song Shengxia (Global Times)

08:25, August 21, 2012

A Chinese wine association announced Monday it had filed a complaint to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), accusing wine makers in the EU of selling their products below market value and receiving unfair government subsidies.

At the request of domestic wine producers, our association has submitted a petition to MOFCOM, asking the ministry to launch anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into wine imports from EU, Wang Zuming, secretary-general of the wine division of the China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA), told the Global Times.

According to Wang, the EU is the largest wine producing region in the world, with the annual output of 16 million tons, accounting for 69 percent of the world output.

With their excessive production capacity and the huge potential of the Chinese market, the reason of EU wine makers to dump their products in China is very obvious, he said.

He also said the association has collected evidence through public channels to prove that the EU provides subsidies to its wine industry, putting China's wine products at a disadvantage.

Wang did not say when the association filed the complaints and whether the MOFCOM will launch probes into imports from EU.

Huang Minghai, director of the press office at the MOFCOM, told the Global Times Monday that the ministry has accepted the CADA's petition but has not decided to launch any probe.

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