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GA fights against dramatic rise in import duties on ceramic goods from China

6 December 2012

GA fights against dramatic rise in import duties on ceramic goods from China

The long wait for a ruling from the European Commission regarding the imposition of anti-dumping duties on ceramic tableware and kitchenware products from China is over and the news is not good.

On 15 November provisional anti-dumping duties of up to 58.8% were introduced, with immediate effect, for a period of six months. The increases, which are in addition to existing custom duty, apply across a number of different product codes and includes ceramic tableware and kitchenware products made of porcelain, china, common pottery and stoneware (click here for full details).

It is a move that will have repercussions for gift and home businesses throughout the supply chain and The GA, working with its professional advisors and other interested parties, has been working hard to lobby strenuously against its imposition and has now started fighting for its removal.

“This is extremely bad news for the gift and home industry and will undoubtedly push up prices,” says The GA’s chief executive Isabel Martinson who has now requested a hearing with the European Commission to argue against the decision. “I am very disappointed that the EC disregarded the views of the majority of member states’ representatives on the ADD Advisory Committee who voted against the proposal and I am also dismayed by the commission’s intransigence in imposing incredibly short deadlines for interested parties to submit evidence and arguments against the decision.”

One of the many gift and home importers who will be affected by the increases is long-term GA member Lesser and Pavey. “This is outrageous, grossly unfair,” the company’s chairman, Ronnie Pavey told giftwrap. “There is no dumping. The factories affected are private businesses, they are not state run, and they are not producing rubbish. These duties are being applied to quality products. The vote at the EU was, I understand, 14 to 9 against imposing the additional duties and yet it was still adopted. It is undemocratic and is undoubtedly going to hit the British consumer,” he says.

Because of its size and the established nature of its business, Lesser and Pavey was able to plan ahead for this long-expected rise in duties and has taken a great deal of stock out of its bonded warehouses in anticipation. Although this meant they were able to pay the pre-increase duties, it was nevertheless an expensive exercise for the company as they have had to pay all the VAT and duty upfront on affected products – something which Pavey is keen to point out, smaller businesses than his own might not have had the ability to do – and this means that the company can continue to sell at existing prices while stocks last.

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GA fights against dramatic rise in import duties on ceramic goods from China

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