EU DG Trade confirms that investigation in HDG imports from China does not concern automotive industry

EU DG TRADE CONFIRMS THAT INVESTIGATION IN HDG IMPORTS FROM CHINA DOES NOT CONCERN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

In fact, the investigation is labelled about “certain corrosion resistant steels originating from People’s Republic of China”.

Following communication of EU Commission, products under investigation are” flat rolled products of iron or alloy steel or non-alloy steel, aluminum killed, plated or coated by hot dip galvanization with zinc, and/or with aluminum, and no other metal, chemically passivated, containing by weight: 0,015 % or more but no more than 0,170 % of carbon, 0,015 % or more but no more than 0,100 % of aluminum, not more than 0,045 % of niobium, not more than 0,010 % of titanium and not more than 0,010 % 0f vanadium, presented in coils, cut-to-length sheets and narrow strips.”

This definition makes no reference to a specific automotive grade HDG. References to an end use destination of steel imports are in fact unknown in the CN codes governing customs definitions of imported steels.

This brought a lot of confusion among steel market players.

Now EU DG Trade confirms that the investigation does not concern all HDG steel; e.g. products intended for the automotive industry are typically not covered based on the characteristics specified in the above definition of the EU Commission. The words chemically passivated mention another characteristic of the products EU DG Trade is aiming at.

Georges Kirps

Director General EUROMETAL

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