Date
25 July 2017
Chinese solar panel markers are circumventing EU tariffs by routing their products through third countries, European rivals say. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese solar panel markers are circumventing EU tariffs by routing their products through third countries, European rivals say. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese solar panel firms dodging tariffs, EU rivals claim

European solar panel producers have lodged a new complaint against Chinese rivals, accusing them of trying to evade import tariffs by shipping their products via third countries, Reuters reported.

EU ProSun, an association of EU producers, claimed that Chinese solar panel makers are routing their products via Taiwan and Malaysia, countries not subject to tariffs, the report said.

The European Commission set in place in 2013 an arrangement allowing Chinese manufacturers to sell into the EU a limited number of solar panels, wafers and cells at a minimum price.

According to EU ProSun, Chinese firms have been getting round this and selling at lower prices by routing products through third countries.

Milan Nitzschke, the president of EU ProSun and a vice-president of Germany’s SolarWorld, told Reuters that up to 30 percent of Chinese solar imports bypass EU measures in this way.

EU regulators are now being urged to launch an anti-circumvention investigation to cut off these channels.

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