This means that the measures imposed by the EU on 21 January 2006 have now been withdrawn in their entirety. They were originally imposed for a period of five years and entailed the introduction of a minimum import price of EUR 2.80 per kilogram for whole fish and other minimum import prices for salmon fillets, etc.
“Norway’s position all along has been that the measures against Norwegian were not justified, which was also confirmed by the WTO. I am pleased that the EU is fulfilling its WTO obligations and now repealing the measures so that the situation of Norwegian salmon on the EU market can be normalised,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
Norway brought the anti-dumping measures before the WTO Settlement Body. While the dispute proceedings were in progress, the European Commission initiated a review of the measures. Based on this review, the Commission concluded that there are no grounds for continuing the measures as no evidence of dumping had been found and there is little risk of recurrence of dumping.
“We are pleased that the concerted effort made by the Norwegian authorities and the fish farming industry has been successful. Normalisation of trading conditions in our largest single export market is very important for the hundreds of companies along the coast that are dependent on the EU market. At the same time, we must be aware that the EU will continue to monitor the market situation,” said Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Helga Pedersen.