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Trade Dispute Will Carry Forward: Chinese Solar Imports Could Face Retroactive Tariffs | Renewable Energy News Article

Trade Dispute Will Carry Forward: Chinese Solar Imports Could Face Retroactive Tariffs | Renewable Energy News Article.

By Jennifer Runyon, Managing Editor
November 9, 2011

The ITC reportedly “found adequate cause for concern over Chinese solar export practices to initiate an intensive, year-long investigation,” said SolarWorld.

SolarWorld and six other anonymous companies allege that Chinese solar manufacturers have set prices for their products in the U.S. artificially low, a practice known as dumping.  As evidence, CASM asserts federal trade data shows that Chinese exports into America in July 2011 alone exceeded those of all of 2010.  The group seeks a federal determination of “critical circumstances,” which would require that any import duties that could result of the lawsuit be retroactive for three months.

A ruling could come down as early as December. Should the ITC on December 5th find that Chinese exports have harmed the domestic industry, the first possible determination on “critical circumstances” could come as soon as Jan. 12, meaning importers of record could later be required to deposit estimated duties on imports back to this past Oct. 14, according to CASM.

Reverberations are expected throughout the solar energy industry.

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