The European Union has requested consultations with China in the World Trade Organization concerning China's anti-dumping duties of 9.7 percent to 11.1 percent imposed on imports of high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes from the EU.
Japan had already started a dispute settlement proceeding on the same measure addressed against Japanese products.
The EU alleges that the anti-dumping duties are incompatible with WTO law on procedural and substantive grounds. WTO consultations will give the EU and China the opportunity to find a negotiated solution, but if the consultations are not successful, after 60 days the EU can ask the WTO to establish a panel to rule on the case.
High-performance stainless steel seamless tubes are mainly used in superheaters and reheaters of supercritical or ultra-supercritical boilers in power stations.
China recently launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into wines imported from the EU, shortly after the European Commission imposed a provisional tariff on Chinese solar products. The EC has denied allegations of a trade war with China.