Submit a complaint through the anti-dumping instrument

Information on the anti-dumping instrument, one of the EU’s Trade Defence Instruments (TDI), which is the legal tool to ensure fair trade between EU and third country companies and to defend against unfair trade practices, such as dumping.

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Who can Submit a complaint through the anti-dumping instrument?

Economic operators and/or its representatives.

Where can you Submit a complaint through the anti-dumping instrument?

What are the documents and requirements to Submit a complaint through the anti-dumping instrument?

When dumping practices are found, resulting in losses for an industrial sector in the European Union, having prima facie evidence of these facts, a complaint may be filed to the competent entities of the European Commission, namely the Directorate-General for Trade (EC DG Trade).

For detailed information, please consult the guide on how to file an anti-dumping complaint, prepared and made available by EC DG Trade through the following link.

What is the Price to Submit a complaint through the anti-dumping instrument?

It is free of charge.

How can you Submit a complaint through the anti-dumping instrument?

The European Union’s external trade policy seeks for trade liberalization based on the respect of rules, without prejudice to the possibility of resorting to certain procedures aimed at protecting the market against certain unfair trade practices in third countries.

Anti-dumping is the most known Trade Defence Instrument (IDC). Dumping is an unfair trade practice condemned by the World Trade Organization (WTO), through its Anti-dumping Agreement, which establishes the exact requirements and procedures that all WTO members must follow in order to act against this practice that generates economic distortions, causing serious injury to industry in the affected countries (loss of competitiveness, unemployment...).

In Portugal, the Directorate-General for Economic Activities of the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition is the body responsible for follwoing the Union's trade defence proceedings and defining the national position, to be assumed in the Trade Defence Instruments Committee, of the European Commission.

You can find more detailed information on the following links:

Directorate-General for Economic Activities / Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition

European Commission's Directorate-General for Trade (EC DG Trade)

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