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style="text-align: justify;" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1353073431674_559" class="yiv243124498MsoNormal">The European Commission has backed a last ditch lobbying effort by Potteries ceramics firms and Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion and imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China, from midnight last night.
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style="text-align: justify;" class="yiv243124498MsoNormal">The move follows a nine-month Commission investigation into claims by ceramics manufacturers, including Steelite of Stoke on Trent, that huge quantities of cheap Chinese products were being sold in the EU at artificially low prices.