EU imposes duties on Chinese steel wind towers

The European Commission has imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel wind towers. The measure will benefit European producers of steel wind towers and is set to be welcomed by the European steelmaking industry, Kallanish notes.

The duties imposed are of 7.2-19.2%. “The investigation has confirmed that imports of steel wind towers from China at an annual value of €300 million were taking place at dumped prices, causing economic damage to EU producers. Steel wind towers are an important component of wind turbines, which are essential for wind energy production and for the transition to green energy,” says the official statement from the European Commission.

The investigation was launched in October 2020 and was welcomed by Eurofer, the European steelmakers association. “Maintaining and developing the steel-based industrial value chain in Europe is key to both the survival and sustainability of the European steel industry, but also of the sectors downstream of it,” Eurofer director general Axel Eggert said at the time of the investigation being opened.

Chinese imports of steel wind towers during July 2019-June 2020 represented some 34% of the total market share in Europe, up from the 25% market share registered in 2017.

Emanuele Norsa Italy