On January 29, China’s Ministry of Commerce issued the No. 3 Notice of 2021, Notice on Handling Trade Remedy Cases involving EU and UK after Brexit.

The official statement reads as follows:

The United Kingdom officially withdrew from the European Union on January 31, 2020, and its Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020. After the Brexit transition period ends, rules on trade remedy investigations and measures involving EU are announced as follows:

1. The trade remedy measures implemented against the EU before December 31, 2020 will continue to apply to both the EU and the UK, and the implementation period will remain unchanged.

2. For EU trade remedy cases currently under investigation, the UK will still be considered as an EU member state.

3. For any new trade remedy investigations and expiry reviews against the EU after December 31, 2020, the UK will no longer be treated as an EU member state.

In the event of a major change in the situation due to Brexit, any interested party may submit an application to the investigating authority, and the Ministry of Commerce will make a decision on whether to conduct an interim review or adjust measures after reviewing the issue in accordance with relevant laws.