A World Trade Organization (WTO) appellate body has determined that US duties on Chinese solar panels violated trade rules, reversing an earlier finding, Bloomberg News reported.
The WTO body was quoted as saying in a report Thursday that the US Department of Commerce acted “inconsistently” with international trade rules.
The report came after China lodged an appeal against a WTO finding earlier this year.
The duties on solar cells made in China and Taiwan stemmed from a case brought by SolarWorld, a German solar manufacturer with a factory in Oregon.
In 2012, SolarWorld asked the US government to impose tariffs on solar cells imported from China. After the tariffs kicked in, imports of panels with cells made in Taiwan boomed, and SolarWorld said a year ago that Chinese makers had shifted production to skirt the duties.
Sun Jiwen, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce, said the WTO appellate body’s latest decision marks a “major victory” against US “abuse of remedy measures”.
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