EU puts anti-dumping duty on mandarins from China
AFPBRUSSELS -- European Union imports of tinned mandarin products from China were hit by a special anti-dumping duty on Friday to protect producers in Europe with high production costs.
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The decision to re-impose a duty on prepared or preserved manadrin products such as tangerines, satsumas and clementines was agreed Tuesday by EU ministers. The duty will vary from 361.4 euros a tonne to 531.2 euros and will remain in force until the end of the year.
The main EU producer, Copa-Cogeca, welcomed the move while regretting it was not applied retroactively to the start of the season, in November-December 2012.
“These imports do not have to respect the same costly rules and obligations and food safety standards as those applied in the EU — there are huge production and labour cost differentials,” said its secretary-general Pekka Pesonen.
He said in a statement that production costs in the EU reach 11-12 euros a kilo (FOB) while comparable Chinese production costs total 6.30 euros.