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Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republ : MIT welcomed the EC proposal to finally cease the anti-dumping proceeding against yellow phosphours imports from Kazakhstan without imposing duties

02/14/2013 | 08:43am EDT

Published: 14.2.2013

Author: Veronika Forejtová, press spokeswoman forejtova@mpo.cz

EU member states endorse the proposed approach.

Ministry of Industry and Trade welcomed the European Commission´s proposal to finally cease the anti-dumping proceeding against yellow phosphours imports from Kazakhstan without imposing duties.

MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE WELCOMED THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION´S PROPOSAL TO FINALLY CEASE THE ANTI-DUMPING PROCEEDING AGAINST YELLOW PHOSPHORUS IMPORTS FROM KAZAKHSTAN WITHOUT IMPOSING DUTIES. EU MEMBER STATES ENDORSE THE PROPOSED APPROACH.

This is a case where we managed to mobilize a strong support in an unprecedented way for the interests of the investigated product´s processors and actually influence the decisions of the European Commission. Crucial was early and intensive engagement of the Bøeclav´s Fosfa Company, which is the largest importer and processor of phosphorus in Europe. Compelling arguments of the Fosfa Company, its customers and other importers and users could not be omitted by the Commission. Repeated personal interventions of the Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Martin Kuba at the Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht and close experts´ cooperation between the MIT and Fosfa as well as with colleagues from other EU states involved were also instrumental to this end.

The anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of yellow phosphorus from Kazakhstan was launched by the EC in 2011 from the initiative of a single producer in the EU, the Dutch company Thermphos International BV. Allegedly dumped imports were supposedly damaging this industry in the European Union, represented by just a single vendor.

By virtue of a concerted action of phosphorus users in the EU countries as well as national administrations of potentially affected Member States the Commission´s considerations to impose provisional anti-dumping duties have been reversed. This should have had a crucial impact on the competitiveness of the processing industry, especially in the segment of production of phosphoric acid and its derivatives for the food industry, which is concentrated mostly in the Czech Republic and Poland.

These preliminary findings are now proving true; besides that the future of the sole EU manufacturer of yellow phosphorus seems to be uncertain, regardless of imports from Kazakhstan. The Commission therefore proposed to finally cease the proceeding and not to impose protective tariffs. "I am pleased that the Commission recognizes that the threat of significant negative impacts of anti-dumping duties on processors is evident in this case," said the Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Martin Kuba. The Czech Republic welcomed the draft for termination of the proceeding and other Member States widely approved such a procedure.

The relevant Commission decision will be published in the Official Journal of the EU in the next few days.

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