§ Mr. Hoyle
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what percentage of the home market in rigid and semi-rigid PVC sheeting is taken by foreign imports; what evidence he has of dumping in this field; who are the major foreign suppliers in this field; and what are the tariff barriers facing the United Kingdom's own exports to their home markets.
§ Mr. Shore
Trade and production statistics for rigid and semi-rigid PVC sheeting are not strictly comparable but it is estimated that imports account for 69W nearly half the home market. My Department has had discussions with the industry about these imports but no formal application for anti-dumping action has been received.
Country Duty restrictions Licensing or other import restrictions Belgium 3.6 per cent, import duty on the cif value. This intra-Community rate of duty is common to the Original Six Member States of the EEC. None. Luxembourg None. Netherlands None. Federal Republic of Germany. Italy None. Norway United Kingdom goods are duty-free None. Israel Import duties vary between 15 per cent, to 20 per cent, of the cif value according to the thickness of the material. Imports may only be made by persons holding approved importers certificates. Japan Import duty at 8 per cent, of cif value None. United States of America. 6 per cent, import duty on flexible PVC sheeting; 10 per cent, import duty on other forms of PVC sheeting.