Australia’s solar anti-dumping investigations resurrected

Australia has reopened its solarn anti-dumping investigation.

The anti-dumping saga in Australia has been reignited after the Anti-Dumping Commission on 8 January overturned last year's decision to terminate the investigation.

The inquiry began over alleged dumping of various crystalline silicon PV modules exported from China to Australia, but was ended on 6 October 2015 because, even though evidence of dumping was found, it was deemed as having a negligible effect on Australian industry.

This was partly due to the fact that Australia-based manufacturer Tindo Solar, which first lodged the complaint, manufactures AC modules, which are not in direct competition with the largely DC modules imported by Chinese suppliers.

Australia’s solar anti-dumping investigations resurrected

The case was put to bed last year but has been reopened. Credit: Tindo Solar.

At the time the Australian Solar Council said it welcomed this “common sense conclusion” to the case.

Nevertheless Tindo Solar asked for a review of the decision on 5 November 2015.

After the publication of a new Statement of Essential Facts as a result of this review, the commission has now decided to reopen the investigation. A proposed timeframe for the resumed investigation will be announced soon, said Dale Seymour, commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission.

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