EC imposes higher tariffs on Chinese battery electric vehicles

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The European Commission announced that it would apply additional tariffs of up to 38.1% on imported Chinese electric vehicles from next month.

The investigation also examined the likely consequences and impact of measures on importers, users, and consumers of BEVs in the EU.

Consequently, the Commission has reached out to Chinese authorities to discuss these findings and explore possible ways to resolve the issues identified in a WTO-compatible manner.

In this context, the Commission has pre-disclosed the level of provisional countervailing duties it would impose on imports of battery electric vehicles (‘BEVs') from China. Should discussions with Chinese authorities not lead to an effective solution, these provisional countervailing duties would be introduced from 4 July by a guarantee (in the form to be decided by customs in each Member State). They would be collected only if and when definitive duties are imposed.  

The individual duties the Commission would apply to the three sampled Chinese producers would be: 

• BYD: 17,4%; 

• Geely: 20%; and 

• SAIC: 38,1%. 

Other BEV producers in China, which cooperated in the investigation but have not been sampled, would be subject to the following weighted average duty: 21%. 

All other BEV producers in China that did not cooperate in the investigation would be subject to the following residual duty: 38,1%. 

On 4 October 2023, the Commission formally initiated an ex-officio anti-subsidy investigation on imports of battery electric vehicles for passengers originating in China. Any investigation shall be concluded within a maximum of 13 months of initiation. Provisional countervailing duties may be published by the Commission within 9 months after initiation (i.e. by 4 July at the latest). Definitive measures are to be imposed within 4 months after imposition of the provisional duties.

Following a substantiated request, one BEV producer in China – Tesla – may receive an individually calculated duty rate at the definitive stage. Any other company producing in China not selected in the final sample that wishes to have its particular situation investigated can ask for an accelerated review, in line with the basic anti-subsidy Regulation, just after the imposition of definitive measures (i.e. 13 months after initiation). The deadline for concluding such a review is 9 months.  

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