If you, or your contacts import ceramic, china, or porcelain tableware from China, then this may be of interest. Please feel free to pass on to any of your contacts who may be affected.

The European Commission has launched an investigation into allegations that Chinese tableware and kitchenware is being “dumped” in the EU (sold by Chinese exporters at prices lower than those charged in their home market).  This type of practice is usually undertaken to gain market share, and almost always involves high volumes.

What does this mean?

European manufacturers lose out when comparable product undermines their markets through dumping, hence the current allegations from European manufacturers of tableware and kitchenware are to be investigated.  The investigation will seek to establish the extent to which specific Chinese exporters are selling below their local market prices, to EU customers.

In the event that the investigation proves dumping, additional customs duties will be imposed on affected product, in the form of Anti-Dumping Duty (ADD).  The rate of ADD will vary from one supplier to another, depending on the levels of dumping established by the investigation.  Suppliers who co-operate with the investigation may be able to obtain lower rates of ADD than others, through undertakings to maintain their selling price levels.  ADD is charged in addition to conventional customs duty, and the rates of ADD can be significantly higher than the conventional duty rates (ADD of over 100% is not uncommon).

Listed below are the commodity codes which are subject to investigation:
  • Tableware and kitchenware of porcelain and china classified to 6911 1000 00, and
  • Ceramic tableware, kitchenware, other household articles and toilet articles other than of porcelain and china
  • 6912 0010 – Of common pottery
  • 10 – Hand made
  • 90 – Other
  • 6912 0030 00 – Stoneware
  • 6912 0070 00 – Earthenware or fine pottery
  • 6912 0090 00 – Other
The Customs Practice recommend that any importers of these products from China should:

  1. Check that the commodity codes they are using are correct, and if they are included in this investigation, then
  2. Contact their Chinese suppliers, and encourage them to participate and co-operate with the investigation
  3. Consider the possible eligibility to duty relief/suspension schemes, and
  4. Consider alternative sourcing
I'd like to discuss with you further about how this has affected your operations and what possible options are available to you. I can be reached on 01635 521 624 or by e-mail at ian.worth@thecustomspractice.com.

Kind regards,

Ian Worth
Managing Director
The Customs Practice Limited- always on duty
d:  +44 (0)1635 521624 
m:+44 (0)7960 958 203
e:  ian.worth@thecustomspractice.com

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