Anti-dumping duty (ADD) and countervailing duty are additional duties levied on goods from outside the European Union (EU) that are geared to protecting EU trade. This page explains when the duties are applied and how to check whether or not goods attract anti-dumping or countervailing duty.
Goods imported from outside the EU may be subject to import duty, depending on the type of goods and their country of origin. Details are given in the Tariff, where traders can find the specific classification for imports. See our guides on the classification of goods and an introduction to the Tariff. The classification also explains whether duty is payable, but traders should also check for updates. Access the UK Trade Tariff on the gov.uk website.
Imports of some types of goods from particular countries may be subject to the following additional customs duties:
- ADD may be imposed if the goods are being dumped in the EU at below their normal commercial value.
- Countervailing duties can apply to imports that have been subsidised by the authorities of the exporting country from which they originate. Note that this isn't the same as countervailing charges, which can apply to agricultural products subject to the Common Agricultural Policy.
- If the European Commission suspect dumping is taking place, traders may have to pay provisional duty while an investigation is being carried out. See the pages in this guide on when to pay anti-dumping or countervailing duties and undertakings and circumvention.
Checking updated information
Details of anti-dumping and countervailing duties are updated daily. The easiest way to check for updates is to find commodity codes and other measures applying to imports and exports by accessing the UK Trade Tariff. Access the UK Trade Tariff on the gov.uk website. For other ways to check updated information you can:
- find recent ADD measures on the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) website
- read the anti-dumping and countervailing duty guide on the HMRC website
- contact the Export Helpdesk run by the European Commission - find out about the Export Helpdesk on the Export Helpdesk website