Tariffs Being Applied to Chinese-Made Solar Modules

In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Commerce Department has issued a preliminary decision on May 17 to apply tariffs to Chinese-made solar modules being imported into the U.S. The tariffs range from 31 percent to 250 percent. The preliminary tariffs were issued after a lengthy investigation by the Commerce Department into whether Chinese companies are “dumping” solar panels into the U.S. market below cost. These tariffs follow a March decision to issue small countervailing duties on Chinese module producers that are getting illegal domestic subsidies, according to Commerce. 

For a summary, see the statement by the American Coalition for Solar Manufacturing at:
http://www.americansolarmanufacturing.org/news-releases/05-17-12-commerce-department-ruling.htm

A detailed technical report is available from the U.S. International Trade Administration at:
http://ia.ita.doc.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-prc-solar-cells-ad-prelim-20120517.pdf

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