China’s Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday it was “seriously concerned” by what it said was Europe’s increasing protectionism in the steel industry after regulators slapped anti-dumping duties on certain types of plate steel imports from the world’s top producer. In a statement the government called on Europe to treat Chinese companies “fairly and impartially” and said it was ready to strengthen communication with the EU to tackle issues in the industry.
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On Tuesday the European Commission imposed definitive anti-dumping duties ranging between 65.1 percent and 73.7 percent on imports of certain heavy plate non-alloy or other alloy steel from China. The final ruling comes after regulators set provisional tariffs in October.
The companies named in the ruling included Nanjing Iron & Steel Co Ltd, Minmetals Yingkou Medium Plate Co Ltd, Wuyang Iron and Steel Co Ltd and Wuyang New Heavy & Wide Steel Plate Co Ltd.