Research and analysis

Research into the design of the UK Trade Remedies Framework

Research considering economic issues in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, including assessment of injury, causation and the UK economic interest.



The research, commissioned by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and undertaken jointly by Copenhagen Economics and Van Bael and Bellis (lawyers), takes a look at some of the technical and practical challenges faced by an investigating authority in conducting anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

Issues covered include:

  • how can the impact of dumped or subsidised imports best be assessed?
  • what is the best way of assessing the causal link between injury and dumping, or subsidies?
  • which factors should be considered when assessing injury, and over which timescales?
  • what weights should be given to individual injury indicators?
  • what are the options for calculating an injury margin and what are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • in assessing ‘economic interest’, whose interests should be considered by the investigation, what factors should be taken into account and how could these be measured?
  • what is the best way of evaluating a trade remedies system?

The report will, along with extensive stakeholder engagement and research, help inform the development of a future UK Trade Remedies Framework.

Published 5 January 2018