China has confirmed a raft of punitive tariffs on polysilicon made in the US and Korea, just two days before the US will take a decision on whether to broaden its own package of tariffs on Chinese PV kit.
anti-dumping tariffs, which vary from company to company, are mostly in line
with the preliminary versions Beijing last summer slapped on US and Korean
makers of the critical PV feedstock.
producers face the highest duties, led by REC Silicon and AE Polysilicon, both
of which will see their preliminary rates of 57% held steady.
modest anti-subsidy tariffs China’s Commerce Ministry put in place last year
will, however, be shrunk compared to their preliminary rates, to about 2.1% in
the case of US producers.
cases the tariffs are to remain in force for five years, according to Reuters.
being home to GCL-Poly, the world’s largest maker of PV-grade polysilicon, China’s
world-beating PV manufacturing sector remains largely dependent on high-quality
polysilicon produced in the US, Europe and Korea.
China’s ReneSola announced it would shut down a polysilicon plant in Sichuan
province after a failed and costly attempt to bring it up to a competitive
polysilicon producers escaped the same fate as their American and Korean rivals
last year, in an exception seen as tied to the largely amicable resolution to
the EU-China solar spat.
from Beijing with regards to the US and Korea came just days after the US
Department of Commerce confirmed that on 22 January it will take a decision on
whether broaden the scope of its own package of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy
rates on Chinese companies – with potentially big impacts for the solar
industries in both countries.
tariffs, imposed by the US in 2012, cover only PV cells made in China. That
distinction means that many Chinese companies have simply started importing
cells from Taiwan – often made using wafers from China – before assembling the
modules in China and shipping them to the US.
the US may soon widen the tariffs to cover a broader range of kit, as well as
equipment made in Taiwan.