Date
23 September 2017
Excess solar capacity is among the top issues at an ongoing US-China trade meeting in Chicago. Photo: Bloomberg
Excess solar capacity is among the top issues at an ongoing US-China trade meeting in Chicago. Photo: Bloomberg

US confirms dumping duties on China, Taiwan solar products

Solar products from China face anti-dumping duties as high as 165.04 percent in the United States.

Also Taiwanese solar makers will be subject to anti-dumping levy as high as 27.55 percent, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The measures were confirmed by the US Department of Commerce on Tuesday.

The decision came as the US unit of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld A.G. sought to close a loophole which allowed Chinese producers to sidestep duties imposed in 2012.

The ruling, which affects companies including China’s Trina Solar Ltd. and Suntech Power and Taiwan’s Motech Industries Inc., threatens to sour the mood at annual US-China trade talks in Chicago which started on Tuesday.

Excess solar capacity is one issue on the agenda.

In August, China suspended imports of polysilicon, a raw material used in solar panels, in reaction to surging imports from the US and other countries.

Solar manufacturers have recovered over the past two years from a battering caused by an influx of products from China and a reduction in European subsidies as solar markets in the United States, Japan and China have surged and producers went out of business or reduced output.

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 official data.

The duties still need to be confirmed by the US International Trade Commission. The ITC will make its final decision by Jan. 29.

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