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Parliamentary questions
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18 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006346-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject:  Unfair competition in the aluminium saucepan production sector
 Answer in writing 

Various Italian companies which produce non-stick aluminium saucepans find themselves in serious difficulties due to the vast quantities of such products (CN code 76151080 and CN code 76151010) being imported from China. Imports have increased 18% in the last three years and now account for almost half of the European market.

Products are imported which lack any certifications or declarations of compliance with rules on materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (in Italy, these rules are referred to as MOCA). This unfair competition by producers from China and other non-EU countries inflicts irreparable damage on turnover and jobs, and leads to reduced investment in research and development.

In the light of the above, can the Commission say:
1. Whether it is aware of this situation?
2. If it plans to take action (if it has not done so already) and what measures it plans to adopt?
3. If it believes that today’s duties on imports of aluminium saucepans are sufficient, given that they currently stand at around 6%, while the Chinese products are imported at costs which are 30% cheaper than the industrial cost of European producers?
Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 18 January 2019Legal notice