China's polysilicon makers 'step up pressure for duties'

Chinese polysilicon producers are stepping up pressure on their government to impose duties on imports of the solar raw material from the US because of alleged unfair competition from American rivals, claim reports.

Major Chinese polysilicon groups including GCL-Poly have presented data supporting their grievances to China’s Ministry of Commerce, which is currently considering whether to take the matter further, according to Bloomberg.

Chinese action over polysilicon dumping would mark a new escalation in a trade row that has already seen the US announce anti-dumping and countervailing duties on China-made solar cells.

Rechargereported last November that the China PV Industry Alliance had been asked by member companies to seek to an anti-dumping and subsidy investigation from the government.

At that time the organisation claimed some US state governments have given "large subsidies" to polysilicon producers for new capacity additions.

Production from most of that new capacity was destined to be sold to China and the Asian region, adding to the pressure on the Chinese polysilicon industry, it alleged, naming Hemlock and REC among those it claims received US government subsidies in 2010.