The European Commission is investigating a complaint made by the European Bicycle Manufacturer's Association relating to re-routed and re-packaged bicycles dodging the 48.5 per cent anti dumping duty.
Announcing the investigation in the Official Journal of the European Union on September 25, 2012, the EU is tasked with getting to the bottom of alleged circumvention of the anti-dumping measures, which are imposed and reviewed every five years to ensure European manufacturers are able to compete with far-east sources.
The investigation request is believed to have stemmed from manufacturing sources in Romania, Portugal and Bulgaria.
Transshipment is alleged to take place via Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.
A European Commission statement says: "“The request contains sufficient evidence that the remedial effects
of the existing anti-dumping measures on the product concerned are being undermined both in terms of quantity and price. Significant volumes of imports of the product under investigation appear to have replaced imports of the product concerned. In addition, there is sufficient evidence that imports of the product under investigation are made at prices below the non-injurious price established in the investigation that led to the existing measures.”
Exports from Tunisia and Indonesia rose significantly through 2010 to 2011, though both territories posted a decline in the first six months of 2012. The average value of goods originating from both countries is gradually rising.