The European Union threatened to impose tariffs on white phosphorus from Kazakhstan to limit competition for Dutch producer Thermphos International BV.
The EU opened an inquiry into whether Kazakh manufacturers of the chemical are making dumping by selling it in the 27-nation bloc below cost. White phosphorus is used to make derivatives including chlorides, sulphides and phosphoric acid.
The European Commission, the bloc’s trade authority in Brussels, has nine months to decide whether to impose provisional anti-dumping duties for half a year and EU governments have 15 months to decide whether to apply “definitive” levies for five years. The dumping investigation stems from a Nov. 7 complaint by Thermphos International, which is the EU’s sole producer of white phosphorus, according to the commission.