Maxcom, Cross and other European bicycle makers will be joined by EU legal teams in a court battle to maintain dumping tariffs on Chinese imports from manufacturer Giant.
Maxcom, Cross and other European bicycle makers will be joined by EU legal teams in a court battle to maintain dumping tariffs on Chineseimports from manufacturer Giant.
The European Bicycle Manufacturers Association last month started an appeal at the EU's highest court, challenging a ruling thatoverturned tariffs on Giant's imports (see here).
Both the European Commission and EU governments will participate in the proceedings, meaning they can plead in favor of the EUproducers’ cause.
The EU has imposed dumping duties on Chinese bicycles since 1994. The original levies were
30.6 percent, but were raised in 2005 to 48.5 percent and extended for an additional five years in 2011.
Giant successfully challenged the tariffs in the EU’s lower-tier General Court in November (see here). The producer argued that thecommission had wrongly assumed it was working as a single economic unit with one of China’s largest bikemakers, Jinshan.
The court ruled that the commission had relied on insufficient evidence for this finding, and ordered the reimbursement of Giant’s duties.
When the industry association was preparing its challenge to the General Court ruling, the commission and governments were undecidedover whether to file an appeal. National trade officials voted against the appeal, as they are understood to have doubted it could succeed.
Now, both legal teams will be parties to the proceedings. They will present their arguments to the court, but the EU producers will lead thecase.
The court reference for the original case is T-425/13. The new case reference for European Bicycles versus Giant is C-61/16.