ANTI-SUBSIDY COMPLAINT FROM CIRFS AGAINST POLYESTER STAPLE FIBRES (PSF) IMPORTS FROM CHINA, INDIA AND VIETNAM
On 19 December 2013 CIRFS (European Man-made Fibres Association) has succeeded to get the initiation of an Anti-Subsidy procedure against PSF imports from China, India and Vietnam by the European Commission, after consultation in the ad hoc Advisory Committee with the 28 EU Member States representatives. The Commission will carry out a detailed investigation to check all the facts of the case, and whether anti-subsidy measures are justified.
Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese exports of PSF are predominantly of commodity products widely available from EU producers. Such commodity products are also freely available from other supplying countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan). The EU market for PSF is highly competitive: not only between EU producers and with non-EU suppliers, but also with other fibre types (viscose, acrylic, polypropylene fibres).
The CIRFS decision to ask for anti-subsidy measures on imports from China, India and Vietnam is essential in order to safeguard the interests of the EU PSF industry.
EC notice has been published on 19 December in the Official Journal of the EC. Interested parties (e.g. as user) should send comments to DG Trade until the mid-January.