TBR: another European tool to ensure a level playing field in international trade
17 July 2017
Client Alert | Brussels | International Trade
The European Commission initiated on 7 July 2017 an investigation against Turkey under the "Trade Barrier Regulation" (TBR).
Although Trade Defence Instruments (notably, antidumping and anti-subsidy) aimed at protecting the European industry against unfair trade are well known and largely used by businesses, such is not yet the case of the TBR.
However, the TBR is the only channel through which industries and individual companies can file complaints directly with the Commission against trade practices by foreign countries that violate international rules and have negative effects on their interests in the EU market as well as in third country markets. Practices concerned may be customs practices like in the present case, as well as any restrictive or discriminatory practices that impact the EU industry domestically or abroad.
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