Anti-dumping (ADD) and Countervailing (CD) Duties

Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties are extra import duties imposed on goods in addition to the normal duties that apply to goods. These duties apply across the European Union (EU) to goods that are sold in the EU at prices substantially lower than their normal value.

The purpose of Anti-dumping Duty is to protect EU industry from the possible damage that is caused by the dumping of low priced goods on the EU market.

Countervailing Duty applies to goods that have benefited from government subsidies in their country of origin. This results in substantially lower than normal prices.

These charges are generally introduced following a complaint by an EU trader against the dumping of goods or the introduction of subsidies. The EU Commission examine such complaints.

How long will Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties apply?

These charges apply on a provisional basis (up to nine months) if the preliminary investigation by the EU Commission shows that dumping has occurred or that subsidies have been introduced. The EU Commission will then begin a full investigation.

If the full investigation confirms that dumping has occurred or that subsidies have been introduced the charges are applied definitively. Definitive Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties normally last for five years.

Retrospective Anti-dumping and Countervailing measures

In some cases Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties may apply retrospectively. There can be a risk that large stocks of the products under investigation for dumping could be imported before the conclusion of the investigation. This is sometimes done to avoid paying any Anti-dumping or Countervailing Duty that may be imposed.

In such cases a registration measure may be imposed on the products. These measures make it possible to apply Anti-dumping and Countervailing charges retrospectively (up to a maximum of nine months) after goods have been imported.

You can find out if your goods are affected by retrospective measures, Anti-dumping or Countervailing Duties by consulting TARIC.

You can read more about Anti-dumping or Countervailing Duties in our Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties manual.

Further information

If you need further information, contact the Origin and Valuation Unit.