Fabian Demicoli

ATTN: Importers of Tableware and Kitchenware originating in China

GRTU would like to draw the attention
of importers that since 16th February 2012 the European Commission has been
investigating Chinese originating tableware and kitchenware on and anti-dumping
duties on these products imported into the EU might start to be applied on the
16th of November 2012.

The duties are planned to be significantly
high. This means that if the
anti-dumping duties are imposed on 16th November 2012, the ceramic tableware
and kitchenware imported from China will start costing much more, which will be
charged on import. The prices of such products sold to the consumer would
therefore increase in price, probably even double and become unsustainable.

The product
may be of porcelain or china, of common pottery, stoneware, earthenware or fine
pottery, or other materials. Examples include, but not limited to, porcelain
plates, cups and saucers.

GRTU is of the opinion this would
represent a protectionist measure, which would negatively affect Maltese
businesses and consumers. GRTU therefore opposes this anti-dumping proceeding
and is calling for input from importers to be able to measure the impact that
this imposition will have. GRTU will be
holding a consultation meeting in collaboration with the Economic Policy
Division in order to explain what are the European Commission's plans and give
feedback on how it affects the Maltese businesses and consumers.

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