In March 2016, the European Commission initiated a new anti-subsidy investigation. A definitive countervailing duty was imposed in June 2017.



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Official Journal of the European Union, Case No. AS634: Notice No. 2016/C 172/08 of 13 May 2016:

European Commission, Official Journal of the European Union, Case No. AS634: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2017/969 of 8 June 2017, published on 9 June 2017:
Official Journal of the European Union, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1382 of 2 September 2019, published on 3 September 2019:
The United Kingdom, Department for International Trade, Taxation Notice 2020/15, 31 December 2020:

Inception date: 10 Jun 2017 | Removal date: open ended


On 13 May 2016, the European Commission initiated an anti-subsidy investigation on imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel from China (Notice No. 2016/C 172/08). The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS code subheadings: 7208.10.00, 7208.25.00, 7208.26.00, 7208.27.00, 7208.36.00, 7208.37.00, 7208.38.00, 7208.39.00, 7208.40.00, 7208.52.99, 7208.53.90, 7208.54.00, 7211.14.00, 7211.19.00, 7225.19.10, 7225.30.10, 7225.30.30, 7225.30.90, 7225.40.12, 7225.40.15, ex 7225.40.60, 7225.40.90, 7226.19.10, ex 7226.20.00, 7226.91.20, 7226.91.91 and 7226.91.99. The complaint was lodged on 31 March 2016 by The European Steel Association on behalf of producers representing more than 25% of the EU production of the subject goods.

On 10 June 2017, the European Commission imposed a definitive countervailing duty on imports of the subject good from China. The amount of duty is between 4.6% and 35.9% of the net free-at-Union-frontier price before duty depending on the company.

On 3 September 2019, the European Commission issued Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1382 suspending or amending the definitive duty imposed on imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel from China if a specific safeguard duty is also imposed on the same good. More specifically, in cases when the definitive safeguard duty of 25% out of quota is applied on the subject good (see related state act), the definitive countervailing duty is suspended on imports from a number of Chinese companies whilst the remaining Chinese companies are subject to a reduced duty level. The rate of reduced definitive duty is between 2.9% and 10.9% depending on the company. This decision follows a notice issued in April 2019 and following comments from interested parties.

On 31 December 2020, the UK Department for International Trade issued Taxation Notice 2020/15 maintaining the duty following the United Kingdom's exit of the European Union from 1 January 2020. Following the set expire of the definitive duty on 10 June 2022 the United Kingdom will determine the duty's continued imposition.