A review of current EU rules on anti-dumping legislation has provided extended stability for the ceramic industry.
The European Commission has announced it will review current anti-dumping measures, meaning the rules will stay in place until May 2019 across Europe and the UK.
British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) Chief Executive, Laura Cohen, said: “Since the EU introduced anti-dumping duties on unfairly cheap imports from China, our UK ceramic industry has been able to stabilise and grow.
“Today’s news that the duties will stay in place for the time being, is good for the sector and shows the EU is taking dumping seriously.
“The BCC is calling for the UK Government to continue to ensure UK ceramic manufacturers have a level playing field after Brexit.”
The commission’s Notice of Initiation of an expiry review of the rules on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China, is the result of the European Federation of Ceramic Table and Ornamental ware (FEPF) evidence gathering to demonstrate duties are needed to preserve the competitiveness of the industry. BCC, working with its members, contributed to this exercise and has been raising concerns about this critical issue post-Brexit.
During the full EU investigation, which is expected to last 12 months, the present duties will remain in place, and it is hoped they will be adopted fully by Britain in subsequent years.
Before these anti-dumping duties were introduced in 2013, the industry suffered from unfair trading practices due to dumped imports of unfairly priced wares from China. This caused the loss of thousands of jobs in the UK and across Europe.
Now Chinese tableware sale prices have increased and the duties have resulted in a level-playing field.
Notes to editors
The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacturing, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.
The Commission published today the Notice of Initiation of the expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People's Republic of China
For further information please contact:
Ciara Jagger, Publicity and Project Officer, British Ceramic Confederation, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA.