The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has protested strongly following news that the EU would launch an investigation into accusations that Chinese dongle vendors were dumping products into Europe. The Ministry said the move would hinder the EU's economic recovery and reserved the right to take further action.
This action was triggered by Belgium-based Option (a leading developer of dongles) complaining to the European Commission about a sudden and rapid increase in imports from China.
Rumours have persisted for some years that Chinese dongle manufacturers had come very close to outright copying dongle technology developed in Europe and elsewhere. While no formal complaint would appear to have been made based upon this 'gossip', the recent upsurge in cheap imports from China might have tipped the balance.
The EU said its investigation would consider whether the dongle modems from China had been dumped and whether they enjoyed safeguard measures. Option said in a statement that it "had requested the investigation and immediate registration of imports because of the severe injury caused by the sharp increase of obviously dumped imports into the European market."
Prior to this news becoming public, China had finalised anti-dumping duties against steel fasteners imported from the EU.
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