IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

Supranational

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 17 Dec 2009 | Removal date: 16 Dec 2012
Still in force

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

On 17 December 2009, the EC amended its monitoring program for the import of certain steel products. Various steel products listed in Annex I of the regulation are now subject to surveillance prior to their import.
The EC argues that it is in the Union interest: 'that imports of certain steel products should continue to be subject to prior surveillance in order to provide advanced statistical information permitting rapid analysis of import trends.' (page 2 (11) , EC Regulation 1241/2009).
 
The measure itself does not directly introduce discrimination against imports. However given the long history of import surveillance being used to "manage trade" from the 1970s on, in particular in the steel sector, this measure may not be as as it first seems. The collection of the the data on specific steel imports is likely to result in quantitative limits on the respective products, considering the situation of the European steel industry described as "vulnerable" (10). Based on the collected data, the measure permits to facilitate the introduction of these quotas on specific countries and is therefore considered potentially trade distorting.
 
The surveillance program expired on 31 December 2012.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

412 Products of iron or steel
7219 Flatrolled products of stainless steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
721911 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
721912 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
721913 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
721914 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
721921 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
721922 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
721923 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
721924 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
721931 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more
721932 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
721933 Of a thickness exceeding 1 mm but less than 3 mm
721934 Of a thickness of 0.5 mm or more but not exceeding 1 mm
721935 Of a thickness of less than 0.5 mm
721990 Other
7220 Flatrolled products of stainless steel, of a width of less than 600 mm.
722011 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more
722012 Of a thickness of less than 4.75 mm
722020 Not further worked than coldrolled (coldreduced)
722090 Other

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