CLOSURE OF INVESTIGATION INTO EVASION OF MORE THAN €5 MILLION WORTH OF ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES ON PERSULPHATE OF WHICH MORE THAN €2.5 MILLION HAS ALREADY BEEN RECOVERED

Press Release OLAF/07/2003, 19 march 2003

The European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) has formally closed an investigation into the fraudulent importation into the European Union of persulphates. This investigation, opened on the basis of information received from a number of Member States and private undertakings, was opened in January 2000.

Persulphates are chemical compounds (of potassium, ammonium or sodium) used as oxidising agents and bleaches in such varied domains as the chemical industry, food conservation, medical analysis and petroleum extraction.

The investigation established that persulphates originating from the Peoples Republic of China had been imported into the territory of the European Union in violation of anti-dumping regulations. The applicable regulations, in force between 1995 and April 2002 applied an anti-dumping duty of 83.3% on the value of the imported goods. By means of false declarations of origin, more than € 5 million of anti-dumping duties were evaded.

The following Member States were involved in this case, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. OLAF initiated and co-ordinated the case in close co-operation with the competent services from the different Member States. Recovery of the evaded duties is being undertaken by the Member States in accordance with the applicable national legislation, this is ongoing but to date more than 50% of the evaded duties have already been recovered.

Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101

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