The EU Steel Industry Considers Expanding Protection Measures for Steel Imports

The EU Steel Industry Considers Expanding Protection Measures for Steel Imports

Steel NewsDate: 19-03-2024 by: Nhu Quynh

The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, will consider requests to extend protection measures for a range of steel imports after receiving requests from the steel industry of EU countries.

Specifically, on January 12, the EC received a request from the steel industry of 14 countries out of a total of 27 countries in the EU about domestic steel manufacturers being affected by the impact of the imported steel corrugated iron. This request is intended to determine whether an extension of existing safeguard measures is necessary to protect the steel industry of these countries.

Excessive steel imports have caused serious damage to the domestic manufacturers in these countries. Therefore, after consideration, the EC finds that the request has sufficient evidence to support the need for continued safeguard measures to prevent or remedy the serious damage being experienced by the European Union's steel industry. 

These measures apply to the import of hot-rolled steel sheets, cold-rolled steel sheets, electrotechnical sheets, color-coated steel sheets, stainless steel sheets, tubular products of carbon steel and stainless steel, and wire rod. The tax imposition order was established on February 1, 2019 and lasts until June 30, 2021.

However, after a lengthy review investigation, the EC extended the safeguard measures for another three years. The EC warns that if these measures are lifted, the steel industry of European Union countries will face a wave of imports, which will have a very negative impact on the economic performance of these countries. this country. In addition, the request includes examples related to modifications made by Union manufacturers. The Commission considers that the information provided, including the sources and supporting evidence, constitutes a sufficient basis for initiating an investigation.

With the European Union expanding measures for importing countries, this is also an opportunity and a challenge for the Vietnamese steel industry. Particularly for the EU market, preliminary data shows that Vietnam's steel exports account for 24.1% of the turnover, reaching 2.2 million tons, a sharp increase of 86.2% over the same period. in 2022. Of which, exports to the Italian market increased by 127.7%, reaching 1,355 million tons; Belgium increased by 30.1%; Spain increased by 70.2%. According to the European Steel Association (EUROFER), Vietnam accounted for 8.1% of total finished steel products imported into Europe in the first 8 months of 2023. Meanwhile, finished steel imports from Turkey, China and India decreased sharply (-59%, -11% and -3% respectively), imports from Vietnam increased by 15%. The growth of iron and steel exports shows that steel industry enterprises are increasingly interested in exploiting the EU market and have made good use of the incentives provided by the EVFTA agreement.

In addition, the EU's continued extension of protective measures also requires businesses in the Vietnamese steel industry to be mentally prepared to respond to events and to properly and fully comply with the agency's requirements. EC investigation agency throughout the process of the case, closely coordinating with the Trade Remedies Department to receive timely information and support.