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European E-Bike Importers’ Collective Agree on Legal Counseling

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – “The e-bike dumping case threatens the market and we are united in our conviction to defend our interests, which ultimately will protect the European consumers,” wrote the 21 members of the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles in a statement after their first meeting in Brussels.

European E-Bike Importers’ Collective Agree on Legal Counseling
Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles contacted Squire Patton Boggs for legal counsel. – Photo Shutterstock

On Tuesday 19 December, the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles held their first meeting in Brussels to discuss the proceedings concerning imports of electric bicycles from China. The Collective was founded in response to the e-bike dumping complaint by the European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA).

The Collective is a group of importers in the EU, some of whom have been on the market for a long time and who all share the intention and efforts to develop solid, successful and growing businesses. “We have chosen to achieve this by developing long-term relationships with among others Chinese suppliers,” the Collective mentioned in their statement.

Legal counsel

The Collective is currently made up of 21 companies from 7 member states. A large majority of these companies was represented in Brussels last 19 December. The main points of discussion were an agreement on legal counsel and the development of a strategy for the defense of the importers’ interests in this dumping case.

“We have decided to work with Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm with extensive experience and success in a diversity of cases, including bicycle cases. Furthermore, we discussed the case itself, as well as the argumentation to be developed. The anticipation of potential measures is causing unrest both in Europe and China.”

Consumers’ choice will be limited

“We are convinced that should dumping measures be put in place, this will hit consumers throughout the European Union in a very severe way. Both choice and overall offer will be limited. And if consumers’ access to electric bicycles, as sustainable means of transport is hampered, they will stay with or revert back to environmentally-unfriendly means of transport,” the Collective stated.

The Collective appeals to all companies, which are importing electric bicycles from China to join. The more companies in the Collective, the louder their voice. For further details contact a.roetynck@pandora.be

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