China photovoltaic body acts on US antidumping claim

22 November 2011 07:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China Photovoltaic Industry Alliance (CPIA) plans to conduct an antidumping and antisubsidy survey on photovoltaic (PV) products imported from the US, according to CPIA on Tuesday.

The major members of CPIA, including GCL-Poly Energy Holding Ltd, Trina Solar, Yingli Solar and Canadian Solar, plan to conduct the survey on PV sectors such as polysilicon from the US, according to a source from CPIA.

The move is in response to a US antidumping investigation into the export practices of Chinese solar cell manufacturers, the source added.

SolarWorld AG and several other US-based solar cell companies submitted a petition in October, alleging that Chinese companies sold solar panels at below cost in the US market, according to a report from CPIA.

“Polysilicon is a major component of solar cells. We also believe that some foreign companies have slashed prices of this product when they were exported to China,” said the source.

“We have already planned to draft materials to the Ministry of Commerce [MoC] and apply for the antidumping and antisubsidy survey investigation on such polysilicon cargoes from the US,” the source added.

“We cannot disclose any further information on this issue because we have to wait for [a reply] from MoC,” said the source.

China is expected to import 60,000 tonnes of polysilicon this year. It imported 47,500 tonnes in 2010 because of lower import prices, according to data from China Customs.

China spends $2bn (€1.5bn) per year to import raw materials such as polysilicon for PV solar cell production from the US, according to Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA).

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