The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on
Friday that Chinese solar panels made with cells manufactured in
Taiwan may harm the American solar industry, bringing it closer
to adding to the duties it slapped on products from China in
The U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG had
complained that Chinese manufacturers are sidestepping the
duties by shifting production of the cells used to make their
panels to Taiwan and continuing to flood the U.S. market with
The U.S. investigations are aimed at "broadly restricting
Chinese exports of silicon photovoltaic products", said the
official Xinhua news agency, citing an unnamed official from the
"China remains open for trade negotiations and hopes for sincere
dialogue to properly resolve the issue to achieve a win-win
result," the official added.
The value of Chinese solar product imports in the United States
fell by almost a third from 2012 to 2013, while imports from
Taiwan rose more than 40 percent, although from a much smaller
base, according to ITC data.
China has retaliated by introducing anti-dumping and
anti-subsidy duties on imports of U.S. polysilicon, the key raw
material in solar cells.
The ITC is due to make a preliminary decision on whether Chinese
solar products are unfairly subsidized on March 28 and a
preliminary decision on dumping on June 11.
(Reporting by Dominique Patton;
editing by Mark Potter)
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