EU extends steel safeguard measures for another three years

The European Commission has announced the extension of the EU’s safeguard measures encompassing 26 steel product categories for another three years until June 30, 2024, preserving traditional trade flows on a per-product-category basis. The Commission has also increased the quota volumes by three percent, and a 25 percent tariff duty will be applied on the products if the tariff rate quotas are exceeded. There will be a review to determine whether the safeguard measures should not be terminated by June 30, 2023 after two years of the extension.

According to the Commission, the share of imports decreased by 13 percent in 2019 and by 27 percent in 2020 when compared to 2018. The Commission noted that, although the market share of imports gradually decreased over the period concerned, the market share of imports remained at the same level in 2020 when compared to 2017, prior to the imposition of the safeguard measure. Furthermore, the average market share of imports during the period under the safeguard was higher than in the years prior to its imposition.

Meanwhile, the Commission also noted that around 1 million mt of quota, which is 36 percent of the total tariff rate quotas, remains unused less than a month and a half prior to the end of the safeguard measures on June 30, 2021. This shows that users have had the possibility to source sufficient free-of-duty steel from multiple sources and that the safeguard measures have not limited effective supply.

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