China has slapped fresh duties onto imports of solar grade polysilicon produced in the US and South Korea, applicable for five years. The news emerged as the US Department of Commerce prepares to decide whether or not the US’ own anti-dumping and countervailing duties on solar products (CVD) will be applied to a broader range of Chinese manufacturers than originally stated.
The latest move from China in the ongoing dispute came following an accusation of anti-competitive activities by Chinese and Taiwanese PV manufacturers, lodged by US manufacturer SolarWorld on the final day of 2013.
According to Reuters, the latest measures announced by China’s own Ministry of Commerce were in line with initial duties levied from last year. The ministry concluded that below-cost sales in the Chinese market by South Korean and US companies caused “substantial harm” to Chinese producers.
China has levied charges of up to 57% on raw material imports of silicon for panels and anti-subsidy duties of 2.1% on US polysilicon imports, reduced from 6.5% in September. The ministry has also announced that it will apply duties of between 2.4% to 12.3% for South Korean polysilicon imports.