The European Union has launched anti-dumping proceedings to halt imports of allegedly cut-price recordable compact discs and DVDs from Asian countries including China, Taiwan and Malaysia.
In an official notice issued Aug. 6 for each product, the European Commission in Brussels said it is investigating claims from European CD and DVD manufacturers that they are being hit financially by a growing influx of heavily discounted Asian products.
The EC is acting on a complaint made in June by CECMA, the organization representing European manufacturers of more than 60 percent of EU production of recordable CDs and DVDs.
In the case of CD-Rs, CECMA said it provided evidence of dumping from mainland China, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and for the recordable DVDs, of dumping from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. CECMA said it showed that dumping has increased overall and in terms of market share, the EC said.
The EC may examine a sample of the relevant Asian exporter/ producers and importers. It has asked all the products' exporting manufacturers and importers to identify themselves and respond to questions about their trade with EU countries.
Hearings are to be concluded by November 2006.