EUROPEAN Union ministers have been asked to approve anti-dumping duties of 28 per cent on Chinese exports into the EU of zinc oxide. The European Commission has made a formal application for this special protection after an inquiry confirmed conclusions reached in a preliminary study.

In a memorandum accompanying the request to ministers, the Commission says that during the period under investigation, (1996-2000), the volume of imports from China "reached record levels and obtained a market share of 18.4 per cent as their prices ...

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