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Russia files case with WTO over EU tariffs

Keywords: Tags  Russian pipe and tube, welded pipe, seamless pipe, WTO, World Trade Organization, pipe imports, Lisa Barrington

LONDON — Russia has filed a case with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against anti-dumping tariffs imposed by the European Union against the country’s steel tube and pipe products, spokesmen for the WTO and European Union told AMM sister publication Steel First Jan. 6.

Russia filed the case against the European Union Dec. 23 in its first dispute action under WTO rules since joining the group in August 2012.

It wants the European Union to reconsider the energy component of its anti-dumping tariffs, E.U. trade spokesman John Clancy said.

"In Russia’s view, the administrative procedures, methodologies or practices of the European Union for the calculation of the dumping margin in anti-dumping investigations and reviews appears to be, in several respects, not in conformity with the obligations of the E.U. under several WTO agreements," a WTO spokesman said.

The Russian exports under discussion are welded and seamless tube and pipe made from iron and steel, and the chemical ammonium nitrate.

The European Union has agreed to enter into discussions, Clancy said. "The consultations will provide an opportunity for the E.U. to better understand Russia’s concerns and to respond to those concerns," he added.

The European Union has a continuing WTO case against Russia after asking the trade body last year to investigate a vehicle scrappage fee imposed by Russia in 2012.

The European Union argued that the fee restricted vehicle imports and discriminated against European car manufacturers.

Under WTO rules, consultations should be held within 30 days of a request being filed. If the consultations don’t resolve the dispute, then the issue can proceed to a WTO adjudication panel.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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