The European Commission (EC) is starting a probe into solar imports from Taiwan and Malaysia to determine whether Chinese products bypass EU anti-dumping measures.
The investigation will take up to nine months, the commission said Friday. The Governments of the China, Malaysia and Taiwan have been invited for consultations.
With the start of the investigation, all cells and modules from Taiwan and Malaysia that enter the EU are subject to registration. This means that if the probe determines there is circumvention, these imports may get retrospective duties.
The ECâ€™s move follows a call by European solar sector association EU ProSun. â€œUp to 30% of Chinese solar imports bypass EU import measures through fraudulent circumvention,â€ Milan Nitzschke, EU ProSun president and spokesman for German solar equipment maker SolarWorld AG (ETR:SWV), said in April.
In December 2013 the European Commission (EC) imposed punitive levies for dumping and illegal subsidies on all Chinese PV panel makers. A price undertaking deal reached a few months earlier gave these companies the option to avoid the duties by selling their products in the EU above fixed floor prices. Today the EC said that â€œa significant change in the pattern of trade involving exports from the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia and Taiwan to the Union has taken place following the imposition of the measures, without sufficient due cause or economic justification for such a change other than the imposition of the dutyâ€.
Originally from SeeNews