EU solar group calls for anti-dumping duties on China imports

11 October 2012 16:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A group representing European solar module and cell producers wants the EU to quickly follow the US in imposing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imports from China, it said on Thursday.

EU ProSun said that a US decision this week to set duties on Chinese imports above provisional rates announced in May was all the more reason for the EU to act quickly.

“The American decision is yet more proof of the massive dumping and subsidising of Chinese exports worth billions of euros,” said Milan Nitzschke, president of EU ProSun.

“The European Union must act as quickly as possible now,” Nitzschke said.

EU ProSun has a case against imports from China before the European Commission.

Nitzschke said that the US move marked the first step in stopping “China's drive to establish a global monopoly in the solar industry".

“However, the European solar market is 10 times bigger than the US market; therefore, the introduction of trade defence measures by the European Commission will ultimately determine whether we can return to fair competition and maintain our technological edge, and thousands of jobs in Europe," he added.

According to ProSun's calculations, the newly established US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties come to a combined average of 41.2% for most Chinese producers, with producer Suntech facing 46.51% and Trina Solar facing 34.29%.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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