COLOGNE, Germany (September 28) -The market-dominating German dealers' organisation ZEG has briefed a Brussels-based legal firm to fight the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association' (EBMA) claim that bikes made in Vietnam are dumped on the European market. According to a ZEG official, ZEG dealers will be rallied to become involved in putting pressure on the European Commission: since Vietnamese bicycles already form a substantial part of their turnover.
On its website, Vermulst Waer & Verhaeghe of Brussels said it specialises in "advising clients on EU trade regulations and policy, and representing them before the Community institutions in anti-dumping litigation, anti-subsidy investigations, and other EU trade litigation disputes." ZEG has commissioned the advocacy firm to represent it to the European Commission which is currently investigating a dumping complaint lodged by the Paris-based European Bicycle Manufacturers' Association.
Many European bicycle markets, especially the UK market, rely on bicycles imported from Vietnam. Raleigh, Saracen and others have their bicycles made in Vietnam. The European Two-wheel Retailers' Association (ETRA) codified its opposition to EBMA's complaint in August. ZEG, the German dealer organisation and buying group, has 900+ members and has compiled a report of its own, refuting EBMA's complaint. (CR)