SolarWorld said Dec. 31 that it has filed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce against China and Taiwan to close a “loophole” in trade remedies issued a year earlier.
The ITC in late 2012 upheld tariffs on solar cells manufactured in China.
SolarWorld, which describes itself as the largest U.S. producer many years, said it was acting on behalf of the domestic industry as a whole, a broad coalition of installers and other solar industry businesses.
SolarWorld’s case has the support of the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM) a cross-section of solar employers that support “free and fair trade,” SolarWorld said.
The loophole enables Chinese producers to evade duties averaging about 31% by assembling modules from cells manufactured in third countries.
“We’re finishing the job of presenting the facts to our trade regulators to prevent China from further damaging yet another manufacturing industry and another rich base of employment,” said Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld Industries America, based in Oregon. “China obviously recognizes the key importance of solar-technology manufacturing to future economic competitiveness. But we do, too. Therefore, we are once again simply asking our trade regulators to investigate the facts and apply the well-established laws that enable free trade, robust competition and lower long-term pricing. If fair competition can be restored, the U.S. industry will return to growth.”
SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs approximately 2,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro, Ore.