Anti-dumping duties on tiles and ceramics

Anti-dumping duties are to be imposed on imports of tiles and porcelain products from both China and India.

The decision was announced as His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the regular weekly Cabinet session yesterday.

It was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.

The new tariff is in compliance with the GCC common law on anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures and its rules of implementation.

“The fees will be levied on tiles and ceramic products used for tiling, covering or stoves,” said Cabinet secretary general Dr Yasser Al Nasser.

The Finance and National Economy Minister and Customs Affairs were tasked to take measures.

Last April, a GCC committee recommended the imposition of final anti-dumping fees for five years against GCC imports of ceramic and porcelain tiles of origin or export from China and India.

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He thanked parents, the Education Ministry and the administrative and teaching staff who worked relentlessly to complete the school year.

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