The EU's anti-dumping probe is the sixth such investigation against China in the past ten years.
In August 2001, India started an anti-dumping investigation against Chinese ceramic tiles. Only one Chinese enterprise responded. The final decision was handed down in February 2003, and as a result China's tile producers were charged anti-dumping duties of 8.3 U.S. dollars per square meter.
In May 2005, South Korea launched a similar probe, with 29.4 percent of anti-dumping duties charged in the following 5 years. In March 2007, Pakistan decided to charge a 15 to 24 percent duty on Chinese tiles after a 12-month investigation.
In October 2009, India charged anti-dumping duties on Chinese made tiles "again" after a one-year probe. In another investigation launched by Thailand two months later, hundreds of Chinese enterprises in Foshan were involved.