China imposes anti-dumping duties on US, EU chemical company

Two chemicals used for metal cleansing, paint stripping, dry cleaning and printing.

January 30, 2013   by ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING — China says it will impose anti-dumping duties on two chemicals from the US and EU for five years.

The Ministry of Commerce said it ruled that US and EU companies have been selling the chemicals at unfairly low prices, hurting China’s domestic industry.

The two chemicals, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether, are widely used in applications such as metal cleansing, paint stripping, dry cleaning and printing.

The ministry said in a statement it will impose a 10.6% duty on those chemicals manufactured by American companies Equistar Chemicals LP and Eastman Chemical Co., and a 14.1%on those made by Dow Chemical Co. and all other US companies.


It said it will levy duties of 9.3% to 18.8% on the products from EU companies.

Trade disputes are common between China and its major trading partners, which often accuse Beijing of illegally subsidizing Chinese companies.

Beijing has blamed the weak global economy and protectionism for the disputes. It also has become more assertive in appealing anti-dumping measures against it and in bringing similar charges against its trading partners.

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