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Illegal Bike Export by Cambodia, Philippines, Pakistan?

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Last Tuesday, September 2, The European Commission announced to have started an investigation concerning the possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures on imports of bicycles originating in the People’s Republic of China by means of transshipments via, and assembly operations in, Cambodia, the Philippines and Pakistan.

Illegal Bike Export by Cambodia, Philippines, Pakistan?
Production at one of the bike producers in the Philippines. – Photo Jo Beckendorff

The European Commission started the procedure after it received a request from the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) on behalf of fifteen Union producers of bicycles on 23 July 2014.

Transshipments and assembly operations

In the Official Journal of the European Union dated 2 September 2014, it is announced that the European Commission is implementing Regulation (EU) No 938/2014 of initiating the investigation (see the pdf on this page).

The Regulation says: “The request contains sufficient prima facie evidence that the anti-dumping measures on imports of bicycles originating in the People’s Republic of China are being circumvented by means of transshipments via, and assembly operations in, Cambodia, Pakistan and the Philippines.”

The investigation will be concluded within nine months of the date of the publication of this Regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union.

2013 import totals

Last year 1.4 million bikes were imported into the EU markets from Cambodia; 48% more compared to the 2012 import total. From the Philippines 790,000 bikes were imported; 21% more compared to 2012. Import from Pakistan must be below 200,000.

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