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    EU probes rod imports from China, Moldova, Turkey

    Reuters
    08.05.2008 - 14:23 | Son Güncelleme:

    The European Union executive said on Thursday in the bloc's Official Journal it was investigating imports of steel wire rod from China, as well as from Moldova and Turkey.

    The European Commission launched a new anti-dumping probe into imports of steel from China, broadening the scope of what could become a fresh trade dispute with the Asian export powerhouse.       

    The EU executive said the bloc was investigating imports of steel wire rod from China, as well as from Moldova and Turkey, after a complaint from European manufacturers that they were being unfairly hurt by the competition. 

    Wire rod is used by the construction industry.

    Brussels has already launched probes into stainless steel and hot-dipped steel products from China and other countries.

    European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has expressed frustration at China's fast-growing trade surplus with the EU and says Beijing should follow world trade rules.

    Chinese steel exports to the EU doubled in 2007 to about 10 million tonnes from record levels in 2006, according to estimates from the European steel sector.
    China has denied its exports are being dumped, or sold below the price in a home market or below costs.

    Some EU industries, such as its engineering firms which buy a lot of steel, are also opposed to the prospect of Chinese steel being hit with punitive EU import tariffs.

    A move to impose duties would have to be approved by the EU's member states, about half of which are usually reluctant to take measures to slow imports.

    The European Commission may impose provisional anti-dumping duties on imports within nine months of the launch of an investigation, followed six months later by possible definitive duties that would normally last five years.

    The complaints against Chinese steel imports were filed with the Commission by the European Confederation of Iron and Steel Industries whose members include companies such as ArcelorMittal and Corus.

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