The Consortium welcomed the fact that in August 2023 the EU opened its own formal investigation of the likely circumvention by Russian Producers and Importers of existing EU anti-dumping measures against imports of birch plywood from Russia. At this stage the Commission is investigating if imports from Kazakhstan and Türkiye originate in these two countries or not.
The Consortium particularly welcomes that as from August 2023 all imports of such plywood from Kazakhstan and Türkiye are to be registered on crossing EU borders. This registration will allow the Commission retroactively to apply extended anti-dumping duties to those found to be going around the EU duties imposed on Russian imports.
By taking this action, the EU is sending another strong signal to all stakeholders of its will to enforce the duties it imposes and determination to act against those found to be going around its decisions, especially so also at a time that Russian wood imports more widely have also been sanctioned by the EU due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine launched in February 2022. Please see Woodstock’s Press Releases in the Media section of this website for more details on all of the above.