Fabian Demicoli

Anti-Dumping measures on lighter extended also on imports from Vietnam


GRTU
has received confirmation that the European Commission has decided that Chinese
Manufacturers of lighters (gas fuelled, non-refillable pocket flint under EU
consolidated HS Code ex96131000) were bypassing anti-dumping regulations and
has therefore extended the already imposed dumping tax to cover imports also
from Vietnam.

This following the results of an anti-circumvention investigation
into whether Chinese manufacturers of such lighters imported into the European
Union from Vietnam were bypassing anti-dumping regulations by essentially
re-shipping their consignments from Vietnam to Europe.

The
objective of the already existing anti-dumping tax on Chinese originating
lighters, set up in 1991, was to restore the conditions for a fair and loyal
competition to allow European lighter producers to trade on equal terms with
their competitors and to give them the ability to maintain jobs. For 20 years,
this regulation has been difficult to enforce, many producers having multiplied
ways to circumvent it through false declarations, claiming especially that
their lighters were produced in Vietnam, making it a major country of
circumvention through false declaration of origin.

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