The Taiwanese government is to intervene on behalf of solar manufacturers hit by the US government’s latest solar trade duties.
A preliminary decision last month on Chinese modules included new levies on Taiwanese cell makers including Gintech and Motech. It was alleged that cheap Taiwanese cells were being used by Chinese manufacturers to circumvent duties announced on them in 2012.
The minister of economic affairs, Chang Chia-juch, has reportedly confirmed with local media that he will be taking up the issue with the US Department of Commerce (DoC).
The Taiwanese authorities were approached by the industry to represent them in future talks in Washington.
Final determinations by the DoC and the US International Trade Commission on the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy case will be delivered before the end of January 2015.
Companies in Taiwan are considering strategies to mitigate for the tariffs with some refusing to rule out moving manufacturing facilities overseas.