EU to lift antidumping duties on exports of tartaric acid from China

The European Commission has proposed lifting a definitive antidumping duty of 34.9% imposed in 2006 on imports into the EU of tartaric acid from China, for a special variant used in the pharmaceutical industry.

The European Commission has proposed lifting a definitive antidumping duty of 34.9% imposed in 2006 on imports into the EU of tartaric acid from China, for a special variant used in the pharmaceutical industry.

This follows a claim by CU Chemie Uetikon, a German importer, that type D tartaric acid is substantially different from other tartaric acid, and used for different applications - for chemical synthesis, whereas most tartaric acids are used in the manufacture of food, drink and plaster.

It added that type D acid prices are "much higher than.. other types of tartaric acid", and so was not part of the cut-price dumping of acid sparking the duty's imposition.

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