Posts by Roelof Andringa

anti-dumping duties on optical fibre cables

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Europe is going to review the effectiveness of anti-dumping duties on optical fibre cables originating from China. An anti-dumping duty of between 14.6% and 33.7% was imposed on imports of optical fibre cables in November 2021. The European Commission will investigate whether these tariffs are too low and may perhaps increase. Here is the link to the announcement of the new investigation into optical fibre cables. If you need support in getting involved in this investigation, please feel free to contact us.

Rules of Origin – webtool

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The WTO recently made available to the public, a wonderful free new webtool for finding the applicable rule of origin. The webtool is called “Rules of Origin Facilitator”  and can be found on the website:  Read more

Antidumping on Solar Panels will be abolished

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Today, the European Commission announced that the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on solar panels from China will expire at midnight on Monday 3rd September.

Proposal Dual Use Regulation published

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The latest proposal for a reform of the European Dual Use Regulation was officially published on 28 September. The proposal can be found under number COM(2016)616 final.

The most important proposed changes relate to:

  • the definition of Dual Use Items.  That definition is of course important for determining which goods require an export license and which do not.
  • the definition of the  word “Exporter”. That definition is important for establishing who must obtain and export license, and which country is compentent to decide on the issuance of the license.
  • the rules about brokering Dual Use goods and rules for transit of Dual Use items
  • harmonisation of Catch-All provisions in order to achieve a more uniform uniform policy.

For more information about export controls in the Netherlands, fel free to contact us with your inquiry.

Antidumping on Biodiesel – what is the origin?

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Dutch Customs imposes anti-dumping duties on imports of biodiesel of certain origin. In some cases it is unclear what the origin of the biodiesel is. We are involved in the defence in cases where the origin of the biodiesel is disputed, and currently things develop fast. More information about defence in antidumping duties on biodiesel will follow soon.

Solar panels – anticircumvention measures Malaysia and Taiwan

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The European Commissionm initiated, as expected, an investigation on circumvention of antidumping duties payable on the import of photovoltaic modules (solar panels) originating in or consigned from the People’s Republic of China that are consigned from Malaysia or Taiwan. Based on this decision preliminary antidumping duties and countervailing duties are payable on import of solar panels that are consigned from Malaysia or Taiwan whether or not they are declared as originating in Malaysia or Taiwan.  The decision is of 28 May 2015 (LINK)