Canada imposes trade duties on Chinese PV imports

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Canada has become the latest country to impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Chinese solar imports.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) revealed at the end of last week preliminary duties ranging from 27.7% to 286.1% on Chinese solar equipment manufacturers.

The duties come after the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) said last month that it had found evidence of dumping and subsidies of Chinese crystalline and thin-film solar panels and components imported into the country. The CITT inquiry was triggered by a complaint at the end of 2014 by four companies, Eclipsall, Heliene, Silfab and Solgate, alleging the dumping and subsidies.

In its determination, CSBA said it had found dumping margins ranging from 9.1% to 202% and subsidy margins of 0.3% to 84.1% of export prices.

Duties applied to companies named by CBSA in response to the alleged dumping and subsidisation are as follows:

-Canadian Solar 174.2%
-Trina Solar: 126.5%
-Hanwha SolarOne 103.3%
-JA Solar 50.6%
-Jinko Solar 111.8%
-ReneSola 9.14%
-Wuxi Taichen 27.7%
-Wuxi Suntech 202.5%
-Zhejang Jinko Solar 115.9%
-All other exporters 286.1%

Separate to the CSBA’s determination, the CITT will now hold a full inquiry to determine the injury caused by the practices identified by the CBSA.

According to Canadian solar trade body, CanSIA, the preliminary duties issued by CBSA can be changed ahead of a final ruling on 3 July.

A spokesman for the CBSA told Bloomberg: “These are provisional duties that will be collected as of March 5. At the end of the investigation, if the tribunal and CBSA determine that these margins on dumping were not properly established, the CBSA reimburses provisional duties that are collected.”

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