The European Commission (EC)’s antidumping and anti-subsidy probes into Chinese steel products are ‘unreasonable’ and will harm Chinese companies’ legal rights, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) for China said on January 16.

In documents published last month, the EU executive arm said high anti-dumping and countervailing duties should be imposed on Chinese producers of organic coated steel. The MOC believes that the EC ignored facts and evidence in making the decision. “Such a conclusion based on unreasonable investigations will seriously hurt Chinese companies’ legal rights and interests,” said a MOC spokesperson. The MOC said it would closely follow the development of the case and reserve the right to deal with the dispute within the legal framework of the World Trade Organization.

Organic coated steel is widely used in construction, transport and electrical equipment.

Source: China Metals e-mail infochn@public.bta.net.cn