EU import tariffs on Chinese solar modules and cells extended by 18 months

3/3/17, 8:00 AM -

The EU extends its controversial import duties on solar panels and cells imported from China, Malaysia and Taiwan by 18 months. By September 2018 they will be phased out.

The EU solar trade case against imports for Chinese solar panels and cells will be extended.
The EU extends its anti-subsidy and antidumping measures against imports of solar modules and cells from China, Taiwan and Malaysia by 18 months.

The 18 months extension of the anti-subsidy and antidumping measures was announced yesterday by the Commission. The measure should be published in the EU Official Journal by the end of this week. Last Tuesday the Court of the European Union had prepared the basis for the extension by principally declaring tariffs on Chinese solar products as legal.

Original proposal 24 months extension

Commenting James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, stated: “As expected following the pressure exerted on the Commission by the Member States, it has decided to prolong the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures for 18 months.  We consider this an improvement as the Commission's original proposal was a 24 months extension of the duties.” 

SolarPower Europe: Trade measure free solar future

Kristina Thoring, Political Communications Advisor at SolarPower Europe, added “The Commission has also agreed to a gradual phase out of the measures.  However, we now want to see the Commission live up to its word and move to a trade measures free solar future at the end of the 18-month period.” Milan Nitzschke, President of EU Prosun welcomed the decision: "The anti-dumping measures are necessary as long as there is dumping, and the solar sector is likely to develop further in Europe, China and elsewhere, with fair competition.”

Major Tier-1 manufacturers already quit the MIP

The Minimum-Import-Price (MIP) for solar modules is 46 cents per watt since January 1, 2017. The market price for Asian standard modules is around 40 cents per watt. The largest Chinese Tier-1 solar manufacturers among them Jinko Solar, Trina Solar and Ja Solar already left the price undertaking though, since they have built up production facilities outside of China, Taiwan and Malaysia. (HCN)

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