China poised to cut list of solar companies in EU price undertaking

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China will publish a new list of companies taking part in the minimum import price (MIP) and quota agreement with the EU next week with the total expected to shrink.

A Chinese official with knowledge of the procedure told PV Tech that an updated list would be released next week. In March, the European Commission said three companies, ET Solar, Canadian Solar and ReneSola, faced exclusion from the scheme. ReneSola later said it would withdraw. All three claim there has been no wrongdoing.

Companies in the price undertaking agree not to sell below a minimum per watt level and remain within a total annual quota. Chinese firms outside the agreement must pay punitive import tariffs as a result of the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy complaints issued by European manufacturers.

“There will be an announcement soon to update the list of companies in the undertaking with the EU. The list is the same as at the start of the undertaking but on around Wednesday next week, an updated list is anticipated.”

Asked whether the list was likely to decrease in size, the official said it was “very likely” but could not provide further details at this time or comment on specific companies that may or may not be taken off the list. The original list included more than 100 manufacturers.

The scale of the cuts to the list could also yield clues on which companies have been investigated for alleged breaches of the MIP. Industry rumours claim as many as 22 companies have been targets by the EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, and national customs agencies. The UK’s HM Revenue and Customs, confirmed to PV Tech that it had participated in an OLAF investigation into Chinese solar imports.

Translation from Chinese by Huangye Jiang.

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