US ITC in new Chinese solar probe

The ITC is again scrutinising imports from China

The ITC is again scrutinising imports from China

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) confirmed it has launched a new probe into PV imports from China.

The US trade watchdog launched preliminary anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations into some crystalline silicon PV imports from China and Taiwan.

The ITC will decide whether there is a “material injury” to the US industry – or the threat of one – with a preliminary decision due by 14 February. The US commerce department will then have to decide whether any remedial action is needed.

The probe follows a complaint lodged by the US unit of Solarworld, the German PV manufacturer which led the campaign that resulted in duties averaging about 31% being slapped on Chinese solar imports in late 2012.

Solarworld claims Chinese companies are exploiting a “loophole” in those trade sanctions by assembling modules from cells produced in third-party countries.

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has already opposed any new trade litigation, urging a negotiated settlement to disputes between America and China.

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