Effective from 7 December, the US Department of Commerce (DoC) issued orders to begin collecting duties from Chinese solar cell imports. The duties are expected to remain in place for at least five years.
In addition to this, the DoC said in its statement that it had corrected an alleged ministerial error, revising the calculation of the dumping margin for Suntech to 29.14%, down from 31.73%, following complaints from the company.
Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America, who initiated the trade case, said: “We want there to be no confusion on this point: while the US government has issued final duty rates to help offset China’s anti-competitive trade practices, rates for imports arriving on American shores from now forward ultimately might well be higher. It’s a buyer-beware situation. Importing illegally subsidised and dumped solar products is a risky proposition.”
Tim Truman, a spokesman for the Office of Public Affairs, Department of Commerce, told PV-Tech: “After one year of the preliminary determination, interested parties can ask for a review of the cash deposit, which could either increase or decrease the duty rates.”
In October, the DoC announced that Chinese producers/exporters sold solar cells in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 18.32% to 249.96%.