Date
22 April 2019
An e-bike manufacturing plant in northwestern France. Chinese exports of e-bikes to the European Union more than tripled from 2014 until September 2017, boosting their market share to 35 percent. Photo: AFP
An e-bike manufacturing plant in northwestern France. Chinese exports of e-bikes to the European Union more than tripled from 2014 until September 2017, boosting their market share to 35 percent. Photo: AFP

EU backs duties on imports of e-bikes from China: report

EU governments voted to impose duties on Chinese electric bicycles to curb cheap imports that European producers say benefit from unfair subsidies and are flooding the market, Reuters reports, citing EU sources familiar with the case. 

The European Commission, which is investigating on behalf of the 28 EU members, has proposed that definitive or final tariffs of between 18.8 and 79.3 percent should apply for all e-bikes coming from China, the news agency said.

The anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties are the latest in a series of EU measures against Chinese exports ranging from solar panels to steel

Unlike the United States, the European Union has not launched a trade war against China, but it shares US concerns about forced technology transfers and Chinese state subsidies.

The electric bicycle imports are already subject to the duties set on a provisional basis in July. Definitive duties typically apply for five years.

Taiwan’s Giant, one of the world’s largest bicycle makers, which has factories in China as well as in the Netherlands, would be subject to a rate of 24.8 percent.

The Commission found Chinese exports of e-bikes to the EU more than tripled from 2014 until September 2017. Their market share rose to 35 percent, while their average prices fell by 11 percent.  

It has also said Chinese producers benefit from controlled aluminum prices as well as advantageous financing and land rights conditions and tax breaks.

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