Following petitions from the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing to the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission, a year-long investigation into allegations raised by the CASM against the export practices of Chinese manufacturers has commenced.
CASM, led by SolarWorld, alleges that China’s state-sponsored industry has mounted an onslaught of dumping that has included a surge of imports in recent months. CASM claims that according to federal trade data, Chinese exports into the United States in July alone exceeded those of all of 2010.
Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld said, “China’s plans for the US market have been clear from its excessive and illegal subsidization of its export-heavy industry, its ever-escalating drive to dump products at artificially low prices on the US marketplace and its contrived public-affairs tactics, including a new coalition for Chinese importers that purports to serve the interests of American consumers.”
Brinser continued, “The anti-competitive tactics of Chinese exporters have threatened to wipe out US producers and jobs”.
A survey published by the Solar Energy Industries Association implies that 82% of the American public agree with CASM. The number of participants in the survey was not disclosed.
If the Department of Commerce and the ITC were to find the Chinese manufacturers guilty, SolarWorld is demanding that the federal government impose duties to defend the domestic makers of crystalline silicon cells.