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Companies in China evading EU duties hurt Taiwan: MOEA

Staff Writer, with CNA

A number of Taiwanese businesspeople operating in China have been using Taiwan as a way of evading anti--dumping levies, in a move that is damaging to the nation’s overall business sector, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said yesterday.

The EU imposes anti--dumping duties on certain imports originating from China.

In order to circumvent the duties, some Taiwanese businesspeople with operations across the Taiwan Strait have been shipping their export goods to the 27-nation bloc via Taiwan to avoid paying the anti-dumping duties, the ministry’s Bureau of Foreign Trade said.

This has hurt law--abiding businesses in Taiwan, the bureau added.

The EU has imposed anti-dumping duties on Taiwanese exporters of lighters, welded pipeline gears and the herbicide glyphosate, who have been found to have deliberately evaded anti-dumping duties, a bureau official said.

According to WTO data collected between 1995 and last year, Taiwan had the third--highest number of anti--dumping cases among WTO member nations.

China was ranked No. 1, with South Korea ranked No. 2 and the US at No. 4, the data showed.

The data shows that the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body has so far taken action on 590 cases involving Chinese companies.

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