ceramics industry is lobbying the UK government to ensure that
anti-dumping duties for China based on existing EU rules stay
in place post-Brexit to protect the supply chain and preserve
and tiles had been most affected among the ceramics industry by
cheap Chinese imports until the EU applied a tariff of
13.1-36.1% on those products, which came into force on May 14,
is one of the raw materials in the ceramics
production stream, and the UK produces 1 million tpy of the
mineral, according to the United States Geological
Minerals priced kaolin at $231-241 per tonne for tableware(-45
micron, FCL's bagged>90 whiteness, fob HaiPhong, Vietnam) on
February 13, flat from the previous month.
the UK set to leave the EU, such EU-enforced protections will
cease to apply in the UK on
March 29, 2019, unless
a transitional period is agreed with the remaining 27-member
present UK ceramic manufacturers and their supply chain benefit
from two EU anti-dumping measures covering imports of tiles and
tableware from China. The anti-dumping duties provide our
members with a level playing field with state-supported Chinese
competitors," the British Ceramics Confederation (BCC), a trade
interest group, which is lobbying on behalf of all sectors of
the UK ceramics industry, told Industrial Minerals.
bills currently before Parliament need to [be amended to]
enable similar UK measures, but at the moment they fall short.
This isn’t about protectionism, it’s
about restoring a competitive environment when some countries
break the rules," the BCC added.
Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, first brought before
parliament on November 20, 2017, proposes an economic interest
test and public interest test should be used to calculate
the damage to sales and jobs and will be imposed by a
newly-created Trade Remedies Authority (TRA).
TRA would be in charge of implementing any trade remedies or
anti-dumping duties, while the two tests are deemed to be too
vaguely outlined in the bill and therefore insufficient to
protect UK producers from dumped products.
European Ceramic Industry Association and European Federation
for Ceramic Table- and Ornamentalware claim Chinese imports
have caused the loss of 10,000 jobs among EU producers between
2008-2013 and reduced output, allowing Chinese control of the
ceramics industry currently creates an annual $2 billion
turnover, and $500 million of exports.
China flood the UK market with cheaply-made ceramics products,
Chinese products could then hold a monopoly on the
given market economy status (MES) by the World Trade
Organisation are exempt from anti-dumping duties, whereas
non-MES countries can have their products subject to
has not yet been given MES, but is lobbying to achieve
such China and Vietnam, where the state exerts a lot of
influence in the domestic economy by providing subsidies, for
instance, create artificially-low prices on products in
countries where they are exported.