Complaint against Chinese e-bikes
7 October, 2017
The European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) filed last week an anti-dumping complaint with the European Commission against cheap Chinese e-bike imports. Chinese companies are flooding the market at prices sometimes below the cost of production. The EBMA is also preparing a related complaint alleging illegal subsidies and asking for registration of Chinese e-bike imports, which could allow eventual duties to be backdated.
The Commission has until late October to determine whether to start an investigation. Such an investigation would be the latest in a string of probes into Chinese exports ranging from solar panels to steel and could raise trade tensions with Beijing, particularly with a subsidy inquiry into the support provided by the Chinese state. The EU blamed China last December for scuppering a global environmental trade deal by insisting that bicycles be included as a tariff-free green product. Chinese conventional bicycles have been subject to EU anti-dumping duties since 1993. More than 430,000 Chinese e-bikes were sold in EU in 2016 and forecasts are the figure will rise to around 800,000 in 2017.