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
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101