EU Advances WTO Case Against Russian AD Duties on Light Commercial Vehicles
The European Union announced Sept. 15 that it has requested the establishment of a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel to investigate antidumping duties applied by Russia against imports of light commercial vehicles from Germany and Italy. AD duties of 23 percent for Italy and 29.6 percent for Germany are being imposed on light commercial vehicles of gross vehicle weight from 2.8 tons to 3.5 tons, van-type bodies and diesel engines with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 3,000 cm3, designed for the transport of cargo of up to two tons or for the combined transport of cargo and passengers (HS code ex 8704 21 310 0 and HS code ex 8704 21 910 0).
These duties “are significantly hampering access to the Russian market,” an EU press release states, and are being used “as protectionist measures without a proper justification” in violation of WTO rules. EU exports of light commercial vehicles to Russia were worth more than €100 million in 2012, the press release notes, but exports have been decreasing since Russia imposed a “recycling fee” on cars, trucks, buses and other motor vehicles in September 2012 and have been further affected by the AD duties at issue.