_ EEC. Moscow, May 11th 2017.
The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) at its session held on 11, adopted a decision on the application of anti-dumping measures for certain types of steel products produced by Chinese and Ukrainian metallurgical enterprises, approved the draft technical regulations for fire safety devices and fire-fighting equipment, invited the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to remove restrictions that set professional athletes from the EAEU countries equal to so-called sports legionnaires from third countries, adopted a decision on the goods classification.
The EEC Board introduced a provisional anti-dumping duty in the amount of 37.89% in respect of Ukrainian hot-rolled angle steel imported to the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Duration of the anti-dumping measure is four months. The Customs authorities of the Union countries are tasked to ensure the implementation of the decision.
The Commission’s EAEU Local Market Protection Department started an anti-dumping investigation against Ukrainian corners in August last year following consideration of the application filed by a number of major Russian metallurgical enterprises: West Siberian, Nizhny Tagil, Magnitogorsk metallurgical plants, as well as two major enterprises of Severstal. The investigation was conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty on the EAEU on the application of special protective, anti-dumping and countervailing measures against third countries.
As a result, the EEC established the dumped imports for the goods produced by Azovstal, Yenakiieve Iron and Steel Works and other Ukrainian manufacturers to the EAEU territory. Dumping margin for angle steel imported into the Union is established in the amount of 37.89%. Metallurgical industry of the EAEU countries suffered substantial material damage. For example, the production volume in the industry fell by 14.4%, sales – by 11.8%, revenue – by 50.3%, return on fixed assets – 2.5 times.
In addition, it was decided to extend, until the end of February 2018, anti-dumping measures in respect of polymer-coated rolled steel manufactured in China and imported into the EAEU, under the anti-dumping re-investigation. A notice of the initiation of the investigation is posted on the EAEU official website and available at: https://goo.gl/Zq2pdo.
The EEC Board Members approved the draft technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) “On Requirements for fire safety devices and fire-fighting equipment”. The document establishes the safety requirements for fire-fighting vehicles, ladders, automatic fire fighting systems, fire extinguishers, foam agents, personal respiratory protective devices and other fire-fighting equipment and machinery. It is designed to protect human life and health, property and the environment from fire. Responsible developer of the technical regulations – Russian Emergency Ministry. All the procedures were conducted for the draft document under the Union laws, including internal harmonization and public debate in the EAEU countries. The draft passed the metrological and legal expertise. Adoption of the technical regulations is planned by the decision of the Vice Premiers of the five States of the Union at one of the next sessions of the EEC Council.
A number of decisions was adopted on classification of goods, in respect of which different law enforcement practice has been applied in practice in the Union countries. Thus, it is decided to classify the inkjet printer cartridge filled with ink in subheading 8443 99 900 0 of the single Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activity (CN FEA) of the EAEU. Glazed or unglazed exterior ceramic tiles should be classified in heading 6907 of the CN FEA of the EAEU.
Classification of the goods “potato haulm remover” is defined in subheading 8433 59 of the CN FEA of the EAEU. Household garment steamer shall be classified in heading 8516 of the CN FEA of the EAEU, and dried salted fish cooked by salting with the addition of various ingredients shall be classified in heading 1604 of the CN FEA of the EAEU. The decisions will take effect upon the expiration of 30 calendar days from the date of publication and will be binding throughout all the EAEU countries. These decisions will enable the Customs authorities of the Union Member States to apply uniform approaches to the classification of listed goods.
At its session, the EEC Board decided to notify the Union Member States on the need for execution of the Treaty on the EAEU in respect of eliminating quantitative restrictions established for sports legionnaires from the EAEU countries. The Commission requests the Governments of the EAEU countries within ten days after the entry into effect of the decision to inform on the measures aimed at addressing the identified restrictions in respect of professional players from the Union countries.
Currently, in all the EAEU Member States, citizens of the Union countries are subject to the terms, under which they are considered equivalent to athletes from third countries and are covered by so-called “limitation restrictions”.
However, under the Treaty on the EAEU, the Member States shall not establish and apply to workers from the EAEU restrictions imposed to protect the national labour market and applied to foreign workers.