US: CASM appeals PV trade case loophole


The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturers (CASM) filed appeals with the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on Friday, February 1, challenging the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC’s) November 2012 ruling that Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers may ship modules to the U.S. without incurring tariffs, if they use solar cells produced outside of China.

CASM has fought for the inclusion of cells produced in third countries since the beginning of its campaign against Chinese manufacturers, launched in October 2011. Last October, it said that if tariffs are not imposed in this instance, it will seek separate action. Eight U.S. congress members also wrote to DOC last September urging it to close the loophole.

In a statement released last Friday, CASM said, "The SolarWorld-led coalition argues that Chinese producers of solar panels made from photovoltaic cells produced elsewhere receive the same illegal Chinese subsidies and illegally dump at the same artificially low prices as other Chinese manufacturers."

CASM has also launched appeals against DOC’s decision to grant lower duty rates for certain manufacturers, including Trina Solar, Hanwha SolarOne and JA Solar; and the fact it will not investigate Chinese subsidies on aluminum extrusions and rolled glass.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.