EU group reiterates call for stiff duties on imports from China

28 May 2013 17:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Europe’s solar industry trade group EU ProSun on Tuesday reiterated its call for stiff anti-dumping duties on solar and photovoltaic products imported from China.

The group called for high duties, saying that “dumping of up to nearly 90% is taking place in Europe.” The European Commission, which is considering duties averaging 47%, is expected to make a decision next month.

Earlier this week, Chinese premier Li Keqiang spoke out against duties during a visit to Germany, saying that the duties would harm not only producers in China but also consumers in Europe.

German chancellor Angel Merkel and economics minister Philipp Roesler called on the EU and China to avoid a confrontation and instead resolve the dispute through further talks.

However, EU ProSun president Milan Nitzschke said the EU should not to give in to China’s lobbying.

“Anti-dumping is illegal and the EU is obliged to defend itself by applying the international trade law with the aim to restore fair competition and a level playing field,” Nitzschke said.

“We support constructive discussion with China after the imposition of provisional anti-dumping duties,” he added.

“According to the European law, the imposition of duties is a necessary condition to start any negotiations,” he said.

Nitzschke also pointed to the US, which last year imposed anti-dumping duties on photovoltaic products from China. The US example showed that such duties worked, he said.

According to EU ProSun, EU solar manufacturers since 2010 closed more than 60 factories because of dumped Chinese imports and China’s subsidies for its solar industry.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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