EU seeks WTO ruling on Chinese steel pipe duties
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union, fresh from solving one major trade dispute with China, has called for the World Trade Organisation to rule on another over Chinese anti-dumping duties on imports of EU steel pipes, after talks with Beijing failed.
The EU, which had sought consultations with China through the WTO in June, reiterated its charge that the duties were incompatible with WTO rules.
"The EU continues its fight against unjustified Chinese trade defence measures which do not comply with WTO rules and often seem to be motivated by retaliation," the office of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said in a statement.
"We are confident that the WTO will support our claims against these anti-dumping duties" it added.