Call on Importers To Protect Themselves Against Potential Retroactive Collection of Dumping Duties
BRUSSELS, Belgium – On behalf of the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles, the European branch of the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA-EU) warns for the potential retroactive collection of dumping duties on e-bikes imported from China. This despite the fact that the European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA) has withdrawn its request for registration of e-bike imports from China.
Today LEVA-EU has issued this warning saying “The European Commission still has the competence to apply retroactive collection of duties. The Commission must annul the registration by a separate measure to stop the process. However, the Commission plans only to consider the request “in the final assessment of this case“. This means that the threat of retroactive collection continues for all companies having imported electric bicycles from China between 4 May and 18 July, 2018.” LEVA-EU calls on importers under threat to protect themselves by joining the lawsuit against the Commission.
Lawsuit against the European Commission
This lawsuit against the European Commission’s decision on registration has been initiated by two members of the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles. The lawsuit has been officially published in the European Official Journal of 24 September. LEVA-EU says “The Collective is continuing this court application against registration, since it is the only solution to offer importers the best possible protection from retroactive collection. Should the court case prove to be necessary and successful, only those companies that have come forward as intervenors will be able to obtain exemption from the retroactive collection of duties. That is why the Collective is giving importers, who may get hit by registration and are not part of the Collective, the opportunity to join the legal initiative by coming forward as intervenors.”
Come forward as intervenor in lawsuit
LEVA-EU strongly recommends all companies, having electric bicycles imported from China between 4 May and 18 July, to come forward as an intervenor in the lawsuit against the Commission. Companies who wish to join this initiative should contact LEVA-EU Manager, Annick Roetynck at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will need to provide some documents by 28 October.