BRUSSELS, Belgium – In a letter, dated 8 October, the European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA) has informed the European Commission that they wish to withdraw their request for registration of imports. This was reported by the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles.
The European Commission published the registration last 2 May 2018. It created the possibility for retroactive collection of duties between 4 May and 19 July 2018. The reason for this decision by the Commission was that, “the Commission has sufficient evidence at its disposal that imports of the product concerned from the PRC are being dumped,” as Bike Europe reported.
The implementation of the retroactive collection of duties caused many problems for importers who had containers already being shipped to Europe.
Why EMBA has asked for the withdrawal of registration of imported e-bikes remains unclear at the moment. When asked, Moreno Fioravanti, Secretary General of EBMA, “did not have any comments to make with regards to registration and or the retroactive collection of duties.” To officially end the registration, the Commission must publish a new Regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles also reports that “the EBMA letter comes shortly after the third hearing they had with the Commission.” In that hearing, they presented the Collective’s calculations on the injury to importers, directly resulting from the proceeding itself. According to the Collective’s estimates, “that injury amounts to an average of € 605,000 per company. Based on a very conservative assumption of around 150 importing companies in Europe, that would mean that the total injury caused by the proceedings alone already amounts to more than € 90 million. This amount does not include provisional duties or potential retroactive collection.”
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