US affirms duties for China solar imports

08 November 2012 04:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The US will issue anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from China after it was affirmed that they are hurting the domestic industry, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) said late on Wednesday.

Domestic makers of solar cells are “materially injured by reason of imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from China that the US Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the US at less than fair values,” it said in a statement.

The country’s Department of Commerce on 10 October this year finalised anti-dumping duties (ADDs) on imports of Chinese solar cell products ranging from 18.32% to 249.96%.

It also set final countervailing duties at a range of 14.78% to 15.97% for Chinese producers/exporters of the products.

China’s Suntech Power Co is hit with a final ADD of 31.73%, while Trina Solar Energy Co is being meted out with a final ADD of 18.32%.

The finalised duties were introduced following a year of investigations by the US Department of Commerce.

The USITC’s decision to affirm the duties “represent a serious challenge to the US solar industry, American jobs, and for energy consumers globally,” said Mick McDaniel, the managing director of Suntech America.

“Further damage can be prevented if governments engage in constructive dialogue to roll back protectionist barriers that limit our industry's ability to compete against fossil fuels,” he added.

Meanwhile, Trina Solar said that it was prepared for the introduction of the duties and will abide by the company’s contractual commitments.

"We are disappointed by the USITC’s vote to impose protectionist trade measures, which we believe may slow solar-related investments in the United States and delay affordable market access to our most efficient cell technology-based products,” said Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar.

Additional reporting by Felicia Loo

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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