17 May 2012
The US Department of Commerce today issued anti-dumping duties of 31.14% on imports of solar cells and panels from Suntech, 31.22% from Trina Solar, 31.18% from other companies that had requested but not received individual duty determinations, and 249.96% from all other Chinese producers, including those controlled by the Chinese government.
The department also announced that in light of a massive, evasive surge of imports ahead of the determination, these new duties would be retroactive to 90 days.
The US head of SolarWorld voiced confidence today that the preliminary ruling could begin to help restore legal and fair global competition and revive growth in US solar manufacturing and jobs. SolarWorld began leading the Coalition for Solar Manufacturing (CASM) when it filed its trade case on 19 October 2011.
"Today, SolarWorld and the many industry players who embrace the sustainable efficiency gains and price declines that come from fair competition can take heart that the US government is standing up against Big China Solar," said Gordon Brinser, President of SolarWorld Industries of America.