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EU to Impose Up to 25% Tariffs on Chinese Electric Vehicles, FT

The European Commission will inform car manufacturers on Wednesday that it will temporarily impose additional duties of up to 25% on imported Chinese electric vehicles starting next month, the Financial Times reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Analysts predict tariffs between 10% and 25% on Chinese EVs, a move that could likely trigger possible retaliation from Beijing. The European Commission has stated that Chinese EVs receive excessive subsidies.

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 (002594.SZ), and Geely (0175.HK), as well as Western producers such as Tesla (TSLA.O), 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.

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Lillian Hocker
Lillian Hocker
Lillian Hocker is a seasoned technology journalist and analyst, specializing in the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital culture. With over a decade of experience, Lillian has contributed insightful articles to leading tech publications. Her work dives deep into emerging technologies, startup ecosystems, and the impact of digital transformation on industries worldwide. Prior to her career in journalism, she worked as a software engineer at a Silicon Valley startup, giving her firsthand experience of the tech industry's rapid evolution.

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