Global PV trade cases

Since a SolarWorld-led coalition filed an anti-dumping (AD) and anti-subsidy (CVD) complaint with the U.S. Department of Commerce in October of 2011, a host of trade cases have been instigated across the world. To help you navigate the topic, pv magazine has compiled a list of resources, conducted interviews and reported on the latest developments. Click on the following links to find out more.




The analyst

"Antidumping duties do not change anything as far as the structural problem of small and medium-sized manufacturers are concerned."

Both companies and politicians are currently concerned with the question as to how duties will affect the market. Henning Wicht, director and analyst at IHS Global GmbH anticipates a scenario wherein prices for Chinese Tier 1 and Tier 2 modules will increase from €0.45 to €0.65 cents/W, with a decline of a gigawatt when it comes to installations in Germany.

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The legal expert

"There are no automatic duties."

Christian Tietje, Professor for Commercial Law at the University of Halle: The idea behind mandatory registration is to prevent importers from warehousing Chinese commodities during the term of the investigation procedure in order to be able to then subsequently introduce them to the market without having to pay customs duties in the event of a decision in favor of antidumping duties.

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Online news

Industry responds to US anti-dumping ruling

Chinese cell manufacturing.

Steep duties imposed by the Department of Commerce criticized by both CASE and SEIA, but SolarWorld applauds decision to 'level the domestic playing field'.

What impact will the WTO ruling have on the US solar industry?

Industry experts and leading U.S. solar companies do not expect any immediate or seismic fallout following the announcement that the WTO has upheld parts of China's counter-claim.

US solar duty violated trade rules, WTO finds

Suntech solar panels from China.

The World Trade Organization ruled on Monday that U.S. tariffs imposed on Chinese solar panels broke international trade rules.

Industry welcomes Indian budget

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Indian solar industry was broadly positive after India's new government outlined its spending plans. Tax measures to boost manufacturing could hint at a pending imposition of AD duties on imports.

Nations discuss lifting tariffs on environmental goods

Costa Rican tree frog

Trade representatives of 14 governments, including Costa Rica, the U.S., the EU, Australia, Japan and China are working to make environmental goods cheaper and more accessible to people around the globe.

Executive panel discussion

Uros Merc, CEO of Bisol, a European PV manufacturer, discusses the EU trade case with Stuart Brannigan, VP of China-based LDK Solar, and Reza Shaybani, chairman of the British PV Industry Association in the video below:


WTO delivers blow to PV domestic content proponents

May 13, 2013

The WTO’s recent ruling on Canada’s PV local content requirements could see the Ontario PV market become moribund within a few years, and have implications beyond Canada, writes Michael Barker, senior analyst NPD Solarbuzz.

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European trade timing too late as globalization of PV enters new phase

May 7, 2013

With every passing day, the relevance of the European trade case against Chinese imports can be seen to diminish. What seemed a great idea when European PV demand was the major driver in global PV demand is now at risk of backfiring on the European PV industry and leaving it in a much harder position to regain its footing compared to emerging PV growth outside Europe, writes NPD Solarbuzz's Finlay Colville.

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Europe and the U.S. still in potential oversupply

April 29, 2013

Michael Barker, senior analyst NPD Solarbuzz tells pv magazine why Western countries will remain within an oversupplied market, even after the trade case disputes have been solved.

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European anti-dumping could revive domestic manufacturing, with some help from the Asians

April 24, 2013

As the clock ticks down on the preliminary judgement by the European Commission on any AD or CV duties on Chinese imports to the 27 EU member states, the discussion is perhaps incorrectly focussing on the impact of module price increases. Rather, the long-term question is really what will happen to PV manufacturing in Europe, the malaise of which prompted the filing in the first place, writes Finlay Colville, NPD Solarbuzz.

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When will global PV demand be impacted by trade disputes and barriers?

April 15, 2013

To understand the potential scope of the current trade disputes and barriers, it is useful to examine exactly how much future demand may be impacted by current restrictions and investigations. While the broad impact of policies and disputes is well known throughout the industry, it is less clear just how far-reaching these actions could be in terms of impacting future PV market demand, writes Michael Barker, NPD Solarbuzz.

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Anti-dumping debates forget validity of initial allegations

April 8, 2013

In reviewing the current discussions relating to the pending EU decision on anti-dumping and countervailing duties related to Chinese c-Si products imported to EU member states, it is often possible to lose track of what the initial charges were and what validity, if any, these have, writes Finlay Colville, NPD Solarbuzz.

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PV trade actions: Simply another means of protecting domestic supply?

April 2, 2013

With the continued growth of trade disputes being reviewed today, the impact on PV industry players (both in the upstream and downstream channels) is expanding to more regions, writes NPD Solarbuzz's Michael Barker.

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Scope, not timing, remains the key issue

March 25, 2013

While much of the focus is on the timing issues of the Europe-China anti-dumping investigations, it is the scope of any such actions that remains the key uncertainty for the industry as a whole, writes NPD Solarbuzz's Finlay Colville.

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