All the EU institutions agree that China is not a market economy but there is no agreement on how to measure the dumping of goods coming from China. Dumping is selling on the export market at less than the sales price in the country of origin. If China is not a market economy then how reliable can the price in the country of origin be for the purposes of measuring the amount of the dumping?

The Commission made a proposal on a new methodology for measuring prices in China. The Council and the Parliament issued opinions on that proposal. Now is the time for all three institutions to sit down together and agree on a compromise text. This is proving very difficult.

It all comes down to who should bear the burden of proving that a particular price is or is not distorted and thus should not be used for measuring dumping. As we go to press the negotiations continue.