November is Key Month in E-Bike Dumping Investigation
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The investigation into the alleged dumping of e-bikes by China carried out by the European Commission presents legally bound deadlines. Some of these deadlines are already scheduled for beginning November. Here’s an overview of the applicable deadlines and to which stakeholders/companies they apply to.
The statutory time schedule for dumping investigations starts with the date of publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. For “the notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of electric bicycles originating in the People’s Republic of China” the publication date was 20 October, 2017.
Deadline for EU producers
An important deadline is set for later this week; next Saturday, November 4. EU producers should by then have made themselves known to the Commission if you consider you should be included in the EU producers’ sample. For how to make yourself known; see the ‘Notice’ document published on this webpage.
Deadline for EU importers
Also on November 4 all European importers buying the product under investigation from Chinese suppliers, but not related to those Chinese companies, should make themselves known to the Commission by completing Annex II of the Notice. The definition of “(un)related” is in footnote 1 of page 22 of the Notice which is published on this webpage.
Deadline for e-bike producers in China
By 4 November also all producers exporting from China or representatives acting on their behalf, should make themselves known to the Commission and provide the information requested in Annex I of the Notice, which includes a declaration to claim an individual dumping margin should the Commission impose anti-dumping duties.
More November deadlines
November 4 is also the deadline for presenting comments on the choice of Switzerland as an analogue country. The Notice says on this “In the case of imports from the People’s Republic of China, normal value is normally determined on the basis of the price or constructed value in a market economy third country. For this purpose the Commission will select an appropriate market economy third country. The Commission has provisionally chosen Switzerland. According to the information available to the Commission, other market economy producers include Japan and Taiwan.” By November 4 comments on the choice of Switzerland or arguments for another analogue country are to be sent to the Commission.
November 10 is the deadline for interested parties wishing to submit any relevant information regarding the selection of the sample other than the information requested through Annex I from exporting producers. This date is also the deadline for interested parties wishing to submit any relevant information regarding the selection of the sample other than the information requested through Annex II from unrelated importers. And 10 November is the deadline for interested parties wishing to submit any relevant information regarding the selection of the sample of EU producers.
The Commission’s investigation of dumping and injury will cover the period from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 (‘the investigation period’). 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 (‘the period considered’). For more information see the European Commission’s “Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding” published on this webpage.