BRUSSELS, Belgium – This trade journal reported earlier that a decision for a continuation or a drop of the anti-dumping duties on complete bikes as well as parts made in China is not expected than before the end of this year. That appears to be wrong. A decision is expected for October 2011.
At last week’s Taipei Cycle Show Bike Europe spoke with Moreno Fioravanti, President of COLIPED, the European association for parts makers, and he told that it is expected that the European Commission will take the regular 15 months to decide for a withdrawal or continuation of the anti-dumping measures. With the expriry review being announced in July 2010, this means that in October 2011 a decision is needed and will be made.
Asked whether he thinks the dumping duties of 48.5% on bikes and parts imported will be continued or not, he said that nothing is sure at this moment. “However, the Chinese are in clear violation of all trade rules as they reinstated their export subsidy which they call ‘tax rebate’ of 18%,” claimed Fioravanti, who also said it is estimated that annually about 2 million China made bikes are entering the European Union markets under false Form A certificates. “This is also harming the European industry.”
By the way, on March 16 it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union that the anti-dumping duties on leather shoes from China, Vietnam and Macau have been dropped. The Commission will monitor the import situation for one year, indicating that it may re-impose provisional duties if it notices any surges in imports of these products. However, it is not requesting any formal import registration or licensing.