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EU confirms steep tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, effective immediately

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Commission has confirmed the imposition of steep tariffs on Chinese battery electric vehicles (BEVs) starting July 5
• This decision aims to counteract the unfair competition posed by Chinese subsidies across the BEV supply chain

🔭 The context: Chinese BEVs have surged in the European market, increasing their share from 3.9% in 2020 to 25% by the end of 2023, due to significant subsidies
• These subsidies allow Chinese manufacturers to offer lower prices, threatening EU competitors and risking over 12 million jobs

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The tariffs aim to level the playing field for European BEV producers, ensuring fair competition and potentially promoting local green technology development
• However, this decision may escalate trade tensions between the EU and China

⏭️ What's next: The tariffs are provisional, with a final decision expected in November. Brussels and Beijing will engage in discussions to find a mutually acceptable solution
• Member states will hold a non-binding vote in two weeks to gauge political support for the tariffs

💬 One quote: "We are continuing to engage intensively with China on a mutually acceptable solution. Any negotiated outcome to our investigation must clearly and fully address EU concerns and be in respect of WTO rules," said Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commission's Executive Vice-President in charge of trade

📈 One stat: The new tariffs include rates such as 17.4% for BYD, 19.9% for Geely, and 37.6% for SAIC

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