Written Question: Provisional duties on imports of extrusions and impact on the European processing chain

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 8 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001295/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marco Campomenosi (ID)

Subject: Provisional duties on imports of extrusions and impact on the European processing chain

In the anti-dumping proceeding AD664 concerning imports of aluminium extrusions from the People’s Republic of China, provisional duties have been imposed.

The import of extrusions also gives rise to ancillary activities for the European processing industry, which is being adversely affected by the imposition of the duty. Can the Commission say whether:

  1. it has established the impact of the duty on the processing chain for Chinese raw materials and ascertained that it will not cause harm to the Union system(1), both legally and economically;
  2. it has taken into account the fact that the final price of European products is higher than that of Chinese products, and the possibility that the amount of extrusions imported from China is harming EU industry, given the estimated reduction of imported raw materials from an assumed quantity of 300 000 tonnes to 128 000 tonnes (4% of the market);
  3. it has made a full disclosure of its methodology, to the parties who have requested it, in accordance with the principles of transparency, cooperation, effectiveness and right of defence?

(1) The availability of raw materials in Europe is currently low, and the billet premium has increased by 25%; the price of raw materials on the London Market Exchange has increased by 5% since January 2021, while the price of the extrusions has increased by 15% on average and delivery times have increased from two weeks to four months.

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