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European Commission Starts Investigation on E-Bike Dumping by China

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Last Friday, 20 October 2017, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union a “Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of electric bicycles originating in the People’s Republic of China.”

European Commission Starts Investigation on E-Bike Dumping by China
Dumping investigation must be finished by 20 January 2019 but provisional dumping duty could be imposed much earlier.. – Photo Bike Europe

The Notice says that the European Commission has received a complaint on dumping by China of electric bicycles by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) on behalf of producers representing more than 25 % of the total Union production of electric bicycles. This complaint was lodged on 8 September 2017.

Significant dumping margins

The 20 October Notice further says “The information available to the Commission contains a comparison of the normal value with the export price (at ex-works level) of the product under investigation when sold for export to the Union. On this basis the dumping margins calculated are significant for the country concerned.”

Negative impact

Next to significant dumping margins the in the Official EU Journal published document also says that evidence has been provided that the e-bike import from China into the EU has increased overall both in absolute terms and in terms of market share. And that this has had “A negative impact on the quantities sold, the level of prices charged and the market share held by the Union industry, resulting in substantial adverse effects on the overall performance and the financial situation of the Union industry.

E-bikes and speed pedelecs

The European Commission’s investigation focusses on 25km/h – 250W e-bikes as well as speed pedelecs which have been imported from China from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 (‘the investigation period’). The ‘Notice’ says further “The examination of trends relevant for the assessment of injury will cover the period from 1 January 2014 to the end of the investigation period.”

Time schedule

The statutory time schedule for dumping investigations carried out by the European Commission stipulates that it must be concluded within 15 months of the date of the publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. This means that by 20 January 2019 the investigation must be finished.However, long before that date a provisional anti-dumping duty could be imposed on the e-bike import from China. Depending on the investigators findings already by July 2018 such a provisional anti-dumping duty could be imposed.

For more see on this page the complete document with the official announcement by the European Commission on the start of the dumping investigation. It contains all investigation details.

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