SolarWorld's Brinser calls for faster response to illegal trade
By Erik Siemers
Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., told an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that in order for U.S. manufacturers to complete globally “we have to take a hard look at how we adjust our game plan.”
Gordon Brinser, head of solar panel-maker SolarWorld’s Hillsboro-based U.S. division, on Tuesday offered suggestions ways the U.S. can more easily spot and remedy illegal foreign trade practices.
Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., has been SolarWorld’s point man on its ongoing battle to fight what it believes are illegal government subsidies provided to China’s solar products manufacturers.
Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department, in response to a SolarWorld-led trade complaint, issued a preliminary ruling calling for anti-subsidy duties of between 2.9 percent and 4.73 percent on China-made solar panels.
On Tuesday Brinser spoke before a crowd of 250 at the Conference for the Renaissance of American Manufacturing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on U.S. struggles in competing against China’s “system of state-sponsored capitalism.”
According to a news release issued Tuesday by SolarWorld, Brinser outlined five things the U.S. can do to more rapidly spot, investigate and correct illegal trade practices:
- Use a new Interagency Trade Enforcement Unit to monitor import data for signs of market distortions spurred by foreign governments.
- Study ways to keep the process of filing trade cases transparent, but in fewer steps and less time.
- Aggressively find ways to anticipate and halt circumvention of trade remedies and theft of intellectual property.
- Bring cases for industries that are too small or injured to afford them.
- Shed light on foreign companies that raise capital on U.S. exchanges and then withhold audit information from securities regulators.
“We can do better. And we must do better,” Brinser said. “But first, we must take a stand.”
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