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HMRC internal manual

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties

HM Revenue & Customs
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Control: registration


  • ensures that importations, which are subject to ADD/CD investigation, are recorded for later potential collection of the appropriate charges by post clearance recovery action and
  • occurs if a definitive ADD measure is in place and either circumvention is suspected or there is evidence that a trader may be dumping their goods.

When the Commission requires Member States to register imports, an announcement is made in the Regulation at the same time as the ADD/CD measure is published. While this may estimate the amounts of ADD/CD involved, no monies are payable at the time of importation unlike Provisional or Definitive measures (see ADCD01100).

The maximum period of registration is 9 months after which a definitive measure may be imposed. If this happens, the registered imports may become liable for payment of ADD/CD charges.

An investigation may occasionally take longer than 9 months. If a definitive measure is introduced after 12 months, charges can be levied for the initial 9 months only.

Imports identified for registration should be locally recorded in preparation for any subsequent post clearance action. In certain circumstances, Excise, Customs, Stamps and Money (ECSM) formerly CIT will use MSS to identify entries and will contact the appropriate post clearance sections for verification and final action.

As soon as notification is received from the Commission regarding any amounts payable on registered imports, ECSM will notify the Regions as appropriate.

Post clearance recovery action should be effected as soon as possible by issuing a C18 duty demand.

Example of local record to be kept of ADD registration (Word 60KB)

Example of letter advising agent/importer of ADD registration (Word 27.5KB)