IB Economics IA Commentary. Title of Extract: EU imposes dumping tariffs on Chinese tile-makers

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International Baccalaureate Internal Assessment:

Economics Commentary 3

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Date of Commentary: April 6, 2011

Word Count: 746

Pertaining Section of IB Economics Syllabus: 4 (International Economies)

Title of Extract: “EU imposes dumping tariffs on Chinese tile-makers”

Source: Internet – European Voice Online


Date of Extract Publication:  March 13, 2011

EU imposes dumping tariffs on Chinese tile-makers

By Ian Wishart

17.03.2011 / 15:52 CET

Provisional duties of up to 73% to protect EU market. 

The European Commission has imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of ceramic tiles from China.

The move comes following an investigation initiated after a complaint lodged by the European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Federation (CET) on behalf of 69 tile producers in the EU, the Commission said.

The duties range between 26.2% and 73% depending on the company and last for six months. They could be prolonged for five years and are intended to punish tile manufacturers from China who sell tiles below cost-price in the EU. 

Alfonso Panzani, the president of the CET, said that the duties were not intended to exclude Chinese products from the EU market but “to bring Chinese prices to a fair level, making it possible for ceramic tile production to continue in Europe, and creating the conditions for healthy competition to develop”.

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He added: “There is no reason why we should be less competitive in Europe than when we export outside of the EU.”

The provisional duties apply to glazed and unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles and unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes.

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     According to the provided article, the European Commission (an executive branch of the European Union) has recently resorted to the implementation of a protective tariff of up to 73% on Chinese ceramic products in order to protect the European market from Chinese dumping techniques (Protective ...

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