The Commission of the European Union (EU) has terminated an investigation into charges that manufacturers in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were shipping government subsidized wireless wide area networking (WWAN) modems into the EU, in violation of the EU’s anti-dumping laws.
The Commission’s investigation, which commenced in September 2010, followed a complaint received from OPTION NV, an EU-based producer of WWAN modems. In its complaint, OPTION NV alleged that WWAN imports from China had increased overall in absolute terms and in terms of market share and that the prices being charged for the imported WWAN modems had a negative impact on overall price levels, thereby putting both the company and its employees at risk.
Based on a review of the charges, the Commission initially determined that there was sufficient evidence to launch a formal investigation into the dumping complaint. However, the Commission has now terminated the investigation at the request of OPTION NV, who notified the Commission that the company “had entered into a cooperation agreement with an exporting producer in the PRC.”