The UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA) has warned of “rumours” that Chinese-origin PV modules are being exported into the EU under false designations of origin.
module makers are allowed to export 7GW each year into the EU, under the terms
of the deal thrashed out in late 2013 between the EU Trade Commission and
China’s major PV manufacturers. They are also subject to a price floor
currently set at €0.56 ($0.78)/W.
producers that have not signed onto the agreement are subject to punitive
tariffs, effectively rendering their modules uncompetitive.
The STA, a
key lobbying group in the booming UK solar market, did not go so far as to
pinpoint any instances of wrongdoing.
warns that “in recent weeks [it] has been made aware of rumours of attempts to
evade the imposition of solar duties by masking the origin of the modules or
The STA –
most of whose members benefit from cheaper modules – did not say whether the
rumours implicate Chinese exporters or European importers in the wrongdoing.
notes that modules coming from Malaysia or Korea but using cells from China, or
those coming from China but “transshipped” via third countries, must make those
facts clear upon their entry into the EU.
flagged up recent reports that Dutch customs authorities in Rotterdam
have detained module shipments that may have come from China without declaring it.
recently to Recharge, the chief executive of one major Chinese module
supplier acknowledged that producers in other low-cost countries – including
India – are selling below the €0.56/W price floor, as they are legally allowed
to do at present.
said that the volumes at which they are selling are too low to have an impact
on the market.