Gpca Challenges Anti-dumping Charges Raised By China, India And Eu

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MEDIA RELEASE PR36519


GPCA Challenges Anti-dumping Charges Raised by China, India and EU


DUBAI, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the regional

umbrella organization of petrochemical and chemical producers in the region,

has launched an initiative to challenge what it described as protectionist

measures in the garb of anti-dumping procedures launched by China, India and

the European Union (EU) against exports from countries in the region.


    The GPCA's strong statement today comes in the wake of recent moves by

China and India against petrochemical exporters based in Saudi Arabia and

Oman. China and India have sought to protect their domestic industries by

initiating anti-dumping measures while more recently, the EU has launched

anti-dumping cases against producers in the United Arab Emirates and Iran.


    GPCA's statement is significant as the association is the region's voice

on issues and challenges that face the petrochemical and chemical industry,

which is a key pillar of the regional economies.


    GPCA Secretary General Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun said the Association is

concerned about the potential impact of these protectionist measures on the

global petrochemical and chemical industry and the downstream consumers in

China and India. "GPCA will strengthen coordination with GCC Governments to

ensure that exports of petrochemicals and chemicals from the Gulf region are

not restricted by anti-dumping regulations and other trade restrictions," he

said.


    "The GCC industry and our governments will not accept the

application of anti-dumping regulations against exports of petrochemicals and

chemicals from the Gulf. We have seen a surge in protectionist actions

brought by countries to block imports. These cases are baseless and violate

international rules," Al-Sadoun said.


    As part of its initiative, GPCA will investigate and recommend

specific actions that should be taken against trading partners that restrict

GCC petrochemical and chemical exports. The anti-protectionist initiative

will continue to be a key aspect of GPCA's mandate for sharing information,

analysing trends and giving a common voice to the GCC industry.


    GPCA has instituted an Advocacy Committee that will adopt a

system to alert members about anti-dumping cases and work closely with GCC

governments and the GCC Secretariat to defend the regional industry against

such unwarranted actions.


    Note to Editors:


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    SOURCE: Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association


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