ANNOUNCEMENT 05 Jun 2013In June 2013, the European Commission updated an existing Anti-dumping duty for the first time since the start of GTA monitoring.
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Official Journal of the European Union, 5.06.2013; L 152/1: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:152:0001:0004:EN:PDF
On 9 November 1993, the European Commission imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of bicycles originating in China. On 18 January 2007, the duties in force were extended to imports of bicycle parts originating in China. With Regulation 88/97, the EC established an exemption scheme to enable assemblers not circumventing the original measure to be exempted from anti-dumping duties.
On 5 June 2013, the European Commission amended the current legal framework in force on the exemption from anti-dumping duties of imports of certain bicycle parts originating in China. Other than updates and administrative changes, the following holds:
- The definition of investigation period is amended. Under the previous scheme, the investigation period only includes the months prior to the suspension of the duty. Since companies tend to increase their imports after the duty has been suspended, the present regulation extends the investigation period to include the time after the date of suspension of duties. This makes it less likely for a suspension to remain in force upon revision.
- The end-use-control provisions are amended. The extension of duties does not apply to bicycle parts used for the assembly of electrical bicycles. In order to fully prevent the circumvention of duties, the present regulation extends the scope of end-use controls in order to allow national customs authorities to trace the final use of the imported bicycle parts.
These rules impose stricter criteria for the exemption of anti-dumping duties on bicycle parts.