Washington has set new import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan after an investigation found that solar panels and cells were being sold too cheaply on the US market, Reuters reported.
Preliminary anti-dumping duties as high as 165.04 percent for Chinese goods would come on top of anti-subsidy levies imposed last month, the report said.
China’s Trina Solar faces total import duties of nearly 30 percent and Suntech Power nearly 50 percent as a result of Friday’s decision by the US, according to the report.
The move came as the US arm of German’s SolarWorld has sought the closing of a loophole that allowed Chinese producers to sidestep duties imposed in 2012.
Taiwanese firms are said to face anti-dumping duties of up to 44.18 percent, with the highest rate applying to Motech Industries.
The new duties, which must still be confirmed, are likely to inflame the already tense US-China relations, Reuters noted.
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 over the period, according to the report.
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