Date
17 August 2017
Chinese solar cells and panels are facing US import duties of up to 165.05 percent, on top of anti-subsidy tariffs announced by Washington last month. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese solar cells and panels are facing US import duties of up to 165.05 percent, on top of anti-subsidy tariffs announced by Washington last month. Photo: Bloomberg

China condemns US anti-dumping levy on solar imports

China criticized the United States Monday for imposing new tariffs on Chinese solar products and accused Washington of putting the industry at risk in both countries.

The duties are as high as 165.05 percent on Chinese solar panels and cells after a preliminary finding that the products were being dumped on the US market, Reuters reported.

The levy comes on top of anti-subsidy duties announced by Washington last month, ratcheting up a long-running spat between the world’s two largest economies.

Beijing accused Washington of disregarding the facts in its decision, the report said, citing an unnamed Chinese commerce ministry official

“The frequent adoption of trade remedies cannot resolve the United States’ solar industry development problems. We hope the United States can prudently handle this investigation, quickly end investigation procedures and create a good environment for competition in the global solar industry,” the official said.

The US subsidiary of German solar maker SolarWorld A.G. is seeking to close a loophole that allows Chinese producers to sidestep duties imposed in 2012. The company is complaining Chinese manufacturers dodged those duties by shifting production of the cells used to make their panels to Taiwan.

Under Friday’s preliminary ruling, which is subject to confirmation, Taiwanese producers also face anti-dumping duties of up to 44.18 percent.

US imports of solar products from China were worth US$1.5 billion in 2013, half the level of 2011, while imports from Taiwan more than doubled to US$657 million, US data shows.

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