SolarWorld prevails in anti-dumping case against China
By Erik Siemers
Gordon Brinser, president of Hillsboro-based SolarWorld Industries America Inc., called Thursday's ruling "could help thwart China’s illegal drive to control the solar market."
The U.S. government on Thursday issued a preliminary ruling calling for tariffs of up to 250 percent on Chinese solar panels in response to Hillsboro-based SolarWorld Industries America Inc.'s efforts to combat illegal dumping by Chinese competitors.
The U.S. Commerce Department ruled that it will impose tariffs of 31.14 percent on panels from Suntech, 31.22 on panels made by Trina Solar, 31.18 percent on all other companies that requested individual duty determinations and nearly 250 percent to all other Chinese manufacturers, including state-controlled companies.
The duties are meant to act as a countermeasure to the dumping of solar panels in the U.S. market, an action that occurs when manufacturers sell product at prices lower than the cost to produce them in order to gain market share.
The ruling comes in addition to the duties of between 2.9 percent and 4.73 percent the Commerce Department imposed in March to counter the effects of government subsidies given to Chinese panel-makers.
The new duties would be applied 90 days retroactively, requiring importers of Chinese panels to post bonds or cash deposits in the full amounts of anti-dumping duties going back as late as mid-February, SolarWorld said in a news release.
The push for tariffs, led by SolarWorld and backed by an organization called the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, has centered on an argument that Chinese subsidies illegally lower the price of Chinese solar panels.
“Today, SolarWorld and the many industry players who embrace the sustainable efficiency gains and price declines that come from fair competition can take heart that the U.S. government is standing up against Big China Solar,” Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc. and leader of CASM. “Commerce’s careful measures could help thwart China’s illegal drive to control the solar market and supplant manufacturers and jobs in America, the very country that invented, pioneered and innovated solar to today’s mainstream viability.”
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