SolarWorld Welcomes Decision on Anti-Dumping Duties Up to 250 Percent on Solar Products from China

Posted on May 18, 2012 @ 08:23 am

SolarWorld AG welcomes the preliminary decision of the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose anti-dumping duties on solar products imported from China as another important step in the direction of re-establishing fair competition. Depending on the brand, the anti-dumping duties range between 31.14% and 249.96%, the department communicated. In March, the department imposed anti-subsidy duties of between 2.9% and 4.7% on Chinese solar products. These two types of duties are additive.

With these decisions, the Department of Commerce gives preliminary approval of petition by the U.S. subsidiary of the German solar group SolarWorld AG against Chinese export subsidies and dumping prices. The duties apply to crystalline silicon cells and panels from China. The final judgment on the anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties is expected to be handed down on Oct. 1. Until then, the Department of Commerce will more deeply examine questionable subsidies and dumping prices.

In addition to its production in Germany, SolarWorld AG operates the largest production site for solar power technology in the U.S., in Hillsboro, OR, and leads a group of U.S. solar manufacturers who are fighting against unfair competition.

“The decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce today encourages us to believe that we can return to fair competition. It is also a signal for Europe, where comparable measures need to take effect. The illegal Chinese trade practices destroy the solar market and jeopardize many jobs,” explained Dr.-Ing. E.h. Frank Asbeck, CEO of SolarWorld AG.


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