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01/05/2007

European Nonwoven Producers urgently need the EU Member States to lift anti-dumping duties on polyester fibres

EDANA, the International Association serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, calls on the Member States to support the European Commission’s proposal to terminate the current anti-dumping proceeding on imports of polyester staple fibres (PSF) originating in Malaysia and Taiwan.
EDANA, the International Association serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, calls on the Member States to support the European Commission’s proposal to terminate the current anti-dumping proceeding on imports of polyester staple fibres (PSF) originating in Malaysia and Taiwan.

Nonwoven producers using PSF in the European Union (EU) have suffered from the imposition of high provisional anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of PSF from Malaysia and Taiwan on 22 December 2006.

However, they welcome with relief the European Commission’s final general disclosure document of 24 April 2007 which confirms that continuation of the anti-dumping measures would significantly impact the Community users and would therefore be against the Community interest.

The Commission has found that EU users of PSF face supply problems, especially for certain types of fibres such as low melt polyester fibres, that Community producers are not in a position to supply. Furthermore, the investigation has shown that users face price increases on certain types of PSF which are not available in sufficient quantities in the EU and that users are not in a position to pass on such price increases to their customers without putting their own situation at risk.

EU producers of nonwovens, members of EDANA, expect that on 8 May 2007 the representatives of the Member States in the Advisory Committee on Anti-dumping will endorse the wise conclusions of the European Commission, by giving the fibres users’ views the importance they deserve as an integral part of the Community interest.

The approval by the Member States will create an opportunity for nonwoven producers using PSF to have access to this essential raw material under conditions that are closer to the conditions enjoyed by competitors established outside the EU. Fibres represent an important element of the cost structure of nonwovens, in addition to energy and capital costs.

Nonwoven producers manufacture essential products with high benefits to families and society such as components for hygiene products, medical devices, air and liquid filters, and bedding and furniture fabrics. The termination of this anti-dumping proceeding will undoubtedly help nonwoven producers to remain competitive in the EU, thus preserving thousands of jobs and potentially creating new ones.

Therefore, EDANA strongly requests the Member States to support the Commission’s proposal to terminate the investigation.

Notes to the editor
  • The provisional anti-dumping measures currently in force are:
    Provisional anti-dumping duties imposed on imports into the Community of PSF originating in Malaysia and Taiwan on 22 December 2006. The measures take the form of ad valorem duties ranging between 12,4% and 23% for Malaysia and 14,7% and 29,5% for Taiwan and were applied as of 29 December 2006 for six months.
  • The Commission is expected to consult the Member States on 8 May 2007 concerning its proposal to terminate the anti-dumping investigation on imports of polyester staple fibres (PSF) from Malaysia and Taiwan.
  • If there is no objection raised within the Advisory Committee, the investigation shall be terminated. Otherwise, the Commission has to submit the proposal to the Council: the proceeding shall be deemed terminated if, within one month, the Council, acting by a qualified majority, has not decided otherwise.
For further information, please contact:
Marc Guiraud, Regulatory Affairs Director, EDANA
Jean-Michel Anspach, Technical and Education Director, EDANA
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10 / Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
E-mail: marc.guiraud@edana.org / jean-michel.anspach@edana.org
Website: www.edana.org
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