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COMMISSION IMPOSES DEFINITIVE SAFEGUARD MEASURES ON IMPORTS OF STEEL PRODUCTS

A Commission investigation was launched in March 2018 as part of the European Union's response to the decision by the United States to impose tariffs on steel products. This investigation showed that imports of steel products into the EU have been increasing sharply. This is seriously threatening EU steelmakers, who are still in a fragile position due to persistent overcapacity in the global steel market and an unparalleled number of unfair trade practices by certain trading partners. The restrictions on the US market caused by the Section 232 tariffs on steel are causing a diversion of trade flows into the EU.

The measures concern 26 steel product categories and consist of tariff-rate quotas above which a duty of 25% will apply. The tariff rate quotas fully preserve the traditional levels of imports into the EU and will be increased progressively. This system is similar to the provisional measures currently in place, with some important modifications that minimise trade disruptions and preserve traditional trade arrangements in terms of quantities and origins. For example, the main supplying countries will benefit from individual quotas based on their own historical imports.

These measures should remain in place for a period up to three years, but can be reviewed in case of changed circumstances.

For More Information: Regulation imposing definitive safeguards on steel