SolarWorld announced it is taking steps to counter what it calls anti-competitive trade practices that the U.S. government has said were unfairly harming the domestic solar industry. The company said it was acting on behalf of the domestic industry as a whole and the future of an American industry and American technology.
On Dec. 31, SolarWorld said it submitted anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce against China and Taiwan in order to close a loophole in trade remedies. It said the loophole allowed Chinese producers to dodge duties averaging about 31 percent by assembling modules from cells manufactured in third countries. As a result, the company said, China has continued to sell below production costs in the U.S. market to seize market share.
“We’re finishing the job of presenting the facts to our trade regulators to prevent China from further damaging yet another manufacturing industry and another rich base of employment,” stated Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld. “China obviously recognizes the key importance of solar-technology manufacturing to future economic competitiveness. But we do, too. Therefore, we are once again simply asking our trade regulators to investigate the facts and apply the well-established laws that enable free trade, robust competition and lower long-term pricing. If fair competition can be restored, the U.S. industry will return to growth.”