Saudi Exporters Demand Import 
Duty on Chinese Exports

RIYADH - Saudi exporters urged the government on Saturday to slap import duties on Chinese exports, including steel and plastics, to retaliate for what they claim was the planned imposition of a duty on Saudi 
methanol exports.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Mon 6 Jul 2009, 12:48 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 9:39 PM

Saudi International Petrochemical Co, or Sipchem, said last week China had imposed a duty on methanol imports.

On June 24, China said it had begun an anti-dumping investigation into methanol imported from Saudi Arabia and three other countries to assess whether the material had been dumped below production prices.

“The government needs to move,” Abdul-Rahman Al Zamil, who heads the National Centre for the Development of Saudi Exports, told a news conference. He is also a Sipchem board member.The government should follow up complaints by Saudi firms about the dumping of Chinese products on the Saudi market, he said. “Everybody complains about Chinese merchandise ... the Chinese steel, plastics and electrical industries are hurting our industries because of dumping,” he said.

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