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EU Industry Wants More Measures to Limit E-Bike Import from China

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Next to the last Friday, 20 October 2017, by the European Commission announced investigation on the alleged dumping of e-bikes on the European markets by China, more measures are to come. At least that is what the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) is aiming for. EBMA also initiated the dumping investigation.

EU Industry Wants More Measures to Limit E-Bike Import from China
Moreno Fioravanti, EBMA’s Secretary General ‘If this dumping is not stopped, China will quickly grab e-bike monopoly in Europe.’ – Photo Bike Europe

In order to limit the flow of dumped e-bikes from China which, according to EBMA, “Are flooding the EU at an alarming rate and at artificially low prices,” two more measures are requested for by the industry association.

Two more measures

The two measures that EBMA wants, are the immediate registration of Chinese e-bike imports and an investigation on huge subsidies granted by the Chinese government to e-bike manufacturers.

E-bike import registration

As for the immediate registration of Chinese e-bike imports Moreno Fioravanti, EBMA’s Secretary General, says “We have asked the European Commission for this as it will allow the EU anti-dumping duties to be imposed retroactively.”

It means that at every European port the e-bike import from China will be scrutinized for its origin per manufacturer in China as well as for the importing company in the EU. This brings the possibility to charge the anti-dumping duty or the provisional duty once imposed afterwards on the importing company.

Anti-subsidy complaint

The other extra measure EBMA is also aiming for is to have the European Commission to instigate an anti-subsidy investigation on e-bike manufacturers in China. Moreno Fioravanti says on this “Chinese e-bike exporters benefit from massive subsidies from government bodies at every level in China. Those subsidies have encouraged enormous e-bike manufacturing overcapacities, which are then dumped in the EU.”

WTO rules

The EBMA Secretary General also claims “EBMA and the EU manufacturers of bicycles, e-bikes, and components are firm believers in free trade, but trade must also be fair. Injuring domestic producers through imports which are dumped and heavily government-subsidized is against the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. We have asked the Commission to order the registration of Chinese e-bikes as soon as possible so that the blatant disregard of trade rules by Chinese e-bike manufacturers can be stopped quickly. We are confident that the Commission will make a thorough analysis and confirm the massive scale of dumping from China which is injuring EU producers and destroying sustainable manufacturing jobs, Innovation, growth and investment in Europe.”

China to grab e-bike monopoly in Europe

On these jobs EBMA asserts that 90,000 EU workers at some 800 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are “Put at serious risk by the dumped Chinese e-bikes. Our European bicycle, e-bike and components industry is one of the largest generators of green jobs in the EU. If this dumping is not stopped, China will quickly grab an e-bike monopoly in Europe.

Dumped Chinese e-bikes are causing injury to European industry which is harming the European economy and consumers worldwide. Local EU manufacturing by SMEs is the only sustainable future for the EU, both to create new green jobs and to really cut carbon and other dangerous emissions.”

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