EU reduces import quota volumes after UK’s inclusion in quota regime

The European Commission, which has now included the UK among the countries that are subject to import quotas for steel products, has also reduced the existing quota volumes for other countries which were already under the quota scheme. The reduced quotas will be in force as of January 1, 2021, and so in the two last quarters under the quota regime the countries will have less opportunity to export to the EU. The EC said that the changes in quota volumes... Read More

EU announces import steel quota volumes for UK

The European Commission (EC) has announced the imposition of definitive safeguard measures on imports of certain steel products from the UK, as they will not be in the same trading area with the UK after Brexit. Without this specific quota for the UK, the UK steel sector could have faced a £80 million bill from EU steel safeguard tariffs in the first half of 2021, UK Steel and Steel Trade Union Community stated. The UK will be subject to a 25 percent... Read More

The European Commission revised EU Steel Import Quotas system

The European Commission has published the result of its second investigation reviewing the safeguard measures put in place by the European Union on imports of steel products. Accordingly there will be country-specific quotas available quarterly and not annual allocations. Access to the residual quota for countries that have previously exhausted their country-specific quota will be only permitted to the extent necessary to respond to demand.  Read More

Turkey files complaint at WTO against EU safeguard measures

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has announced that Turkey has requested trade dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU’s safeguard measures on imported steel products. Accordingly, Turkey claims that the EU safeguard measures, in the form of tariff-rate quotas and additional duties, and the investigation that led to their imposition, are inconsistent with a number of provisions of the Agreement on Safeguards and the General... Read More

EU reduces increase in steel import quotas

The European Commission (EC) has announced that it has reduced the planned increase in the steel import quota rate from five percent to three percent in all product categories, as result of the review of the safeguard measures imposed on February 2. The EC indicated that steel imports in 2018 reached a record volume of 33.4 million mt, 5 million mt higher than the average for the 2015-2017 period and 3 million mt higher than for 2017 alone, which... Read More

EU quota for “other countries” now open to all

As of April 1, 2019, the European Commission’s steel import quotas for “other countries” have become accessible to all countries, while the unused quotas of “other countries” for the February 2-March 31 period have also become accessible to all countries which have used up their own quotas for the period. Accordingly “other countries” import quotas, for the period between April 1 and June 30, stand at 133,004 mt for rebar, and at 74,518... Read More

EU announces definitive safeguard measures on steel imports

The European Commission has announced final measures on steel imports. Accordingly, a tariff-rate quota will be applicable for the period February 2, 2019 to June 30, 2019, thereafter, for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, and, thereafter, for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The European Commission said that, since the duration of the measures is for over a year, the measures must be progressively liberalized at regular intervals... Read More

EU to impose new quota on imports

According to media sources, the European Commission has sent a notification to the World Trade Organization, stating that the EU will impose import quotas on certain steel products, including rebar and wire rod, for a period of 150 days starting from February 2, 2019.. However, there has been no official announcement yet. Accordingly the import quotas will be in force between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 and that the quota volumes will be increased... Read More

EU imposes provisional safeguard measures on 23 steel product categories

The European Commission has announced that it has decided to impose provisional safeguard measures on 23 steel product categories, including reinforcing bars, hot rolled products and steel pipes, in the form of a 25 percent out-of-quota tariff. The provisional measures will be applied for 200 calendar days beginning from July 19. The commission has preliminarily decided that the EU steel industry is in a situation of threat of serious injury for the... Read More

EU votes in favor of provisional safeguard measures

European Union voted on July 5th in favor of provisional measures against steel imports under the scope the safeguard investigation launched as a response to Section 232 tariffs in the US. The European Commission has proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff as expected. The quota will be based on import volumes over recent years and a 25 percent tariff will apply for the volumes exceeding that amount.  Read More

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