China Faces Renewed EU Tariffs On Ironing Boards; Ukraine Spared

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union renewed tariffs as high as 42.3 percent on ironing boards from China to curb competition for Italian, Polish and British producers while letting a levy against Ukraine lapse.

The EU re-imposed the duties against China for another five years to punish Chinese exporters such as Greenwood Houseware (Zhuhai) Ltd. for allegedly having sold ironing boards in the bloc below cost, a practice known as dumping.

The expiring anti-dumping levy against Ukraine is 7 percent.

A repeal of the measures against China “would result in increased exports at dumped levels of ironing boards” by Chinese manufacturers to Europe, the 28-nation EU said today in the Official Journal.

The decision, taken on July 15 in Brussels, will enter into force tomorrow.

The trade protection, imposed in 2007, aims to help EU producers including Italy’s Colombo New Scal SpA, Poland’s Rorets Polska Sp. zoo and the U.K.’s Vale Mill (Rochdale) Ltd. keep market share against Chinese competitors.

China’s share of the EU market for ironing boards fell to between 15 percent and 20 percent in 2011 from between 40 percent and 45 percent in 2008, according to the bloc.

When it applied the anti-dumping measures in April 2007, the EU set the rates at 9.9 percent against Ukraine and between 18.1 percent and 38.1 percent against China, depending on the Chinese manufacturer.

In 2010, the EU lowered the rate against Ukraine to 7 percent and raised the maximum levy against China to 42.3 percent.

Ukraine’s sole exporter of ironing boards was identified as Eurogold Industries Ltd., affiliated with Switzerland-based Eurogold Service Zumbuehl & Co.

The renewal of the duties against China and the end of the levy against Ukraine are the outcome of a 15-month investigation that prevented the levies against both countries from expiring as previously scheduled in April 2012.

Source: Bloomberg