U.S. Commerce Department Announces Tariffs on Chinese Solar Cells

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday announced its preliminary decision that it will impose anti-dumping tariffs of over 31 percent on solar cells imported from China.

Commerce is currently scheduled to make its final determination in early October 2012. At that point, if Commerce makes an affirmative final determination, and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes an affirmative final determination that imports of solar cells from China threaten to injure the domestic solar industry, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order. The ITC is expected to make its final injury determination on or before November 19, 2012.

The Coalition For American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), led by German-owned Solar World which filed the complaint, applauded the decision in a statement released today

The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE), a group of U.S.-based companies active in the solar industry, also responded to the decision, calling it “damaging”.

Additional Resources:

“U.S. Slaps High Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels”, The New York Times.

Department of Commerce fact sheet

ChinaFAQs also has a list of resources and background information on the case: Trade Case on Imports of Solar Cells from China

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