The US International Trade Commission (ITC) confirmed it has launched a new probe into PV imports from China.
US trade watchdog launched preliminary anti-dumping and countervailing duties
investigations into some crystalline silicon PV imports from China and Taiwan.
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.
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.
claims Chinese companies are exploiting a “loophole” in those trade sanctions
by assembling modules from cells produced in third-party countries.
US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
has already opposed any new trade litigation, urging a negotiated settlement to
disputes between America and China.