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HMRC internal manual

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties

Control: registration


  • ensures that importations, which are subject to ADD/CVD investigation, are recorded for later potential collection of the appropriate charges by post clearance recovery action.
  • occurs if a definitive ADD measure is in place and either circumvention is suspected either via another country or by a slight alteration to the product, which takes the product outside the scope of the existing measures.

When the Commission requires Member States to register imports, an announcement is made in the Regulation initiating an investigation. While this may estimate the amounts of ADD/CVD involved, no duties are incurred 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/CVD charges. if the criteria has been met.

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. The ADD UofE will  identify entries and will notify the trader of the potential liability.

As soon as notification is received from the Commission regarding any amounts payable on registered imports, CS&TD will notify the UofE as appropriate.

The UofE will effect Post clearance recovery action 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)