EU to impose tariffs of up to 25% on Chinese EVs

By Reuters   June 12, 2024 | 01:35 am PT
EU to impose tariffs of up to 25% on Chinese EVs
A Nio ET5 electric vehicle is displayed at the Chinese EV maker's showroom in Shanghai, China, Feb. 3, 2023. Photo by Reuters/Aly Song
The European Commission will notify car makers on Wednesday that it will provisionally apply additional duties of up to 25% on imported Chinese electric vehicles from next month.

Analysts have said they expect tariffs of between 10% and 25% on Chinese EVs, a move likely to prompt possible retaliation from Beijing. The European Commission has said Chinese EVs receive excessive subsidies, The Financial Times reported.

The EU and China's foreign affairs ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

Less than a month after Washington quadrupled duties for Chinese EVs to 100%, Brussels is expected to set almost certainly far lower tariffs for imports from Chinese makers such as BYD and Geely, as well as Western producers such as Tesla that export cars from China to Europe.

BYD, Geely, SAIC and Tesla did not immediately respond to Reuters' queries on the report.

The move comes as European automakers are being challenged by an influx of lower-cost EVs from Chinese rivals.

China has rebuked the EU over the anti-subsidy investigation, urged cooperation and lobbied individual EU countries, but not fully spelt out what its response to tariffs would be.

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