The European Union has taken action to defend jobs and investment in the Tiles Industry, including in the United Kingdom. The industry has been injured because of unfairly dumped Chinese imports, but for the last five years the EU has used ‘anti-dumping duties’ to ensure a more level playing field. Earlier today, a regulation was published in the EU’s official journal to continue the duties for another five years.
Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, Dr Laura Cohen said: “We are really pleased that the EU has decided to continue with the anti-dumping duties after a lengthy investigation. The measures have provided stability for the UK sector enabling companies to invest and develop a stronger future.”
Tom Reynolds, Policy Manager at the British Ceramic Confederation added: “It’s really important that the UK Government makes the preparations to keep these measures once we leave the EU. Many jobs, both direct and within the local supply chain are at stake.”
During an ‘Expiry Review’ the European Commission found enormous overcapacities in the Chinese tiles industry, which is heavily subsidised and state-directed. The spare capacity in China is equivalent to several times the total EU consumption of tiles, leading officials to conclude there was a high likelihood that dumping would reoccur if the extra duties were lifted.