US duties could be expanded on Wednesday

The U.S. Department of Commerce is set to decide on Wednesday whether to expand the range of anti dumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) applied to solar products imported from the Far East.

SolarWorld Industries America, a subsidiary of German manufacturer SolarWorld, lodged a complaint on December 31 against PV cells manufactured in Taiwan.

SolarWorld’s U.S. subsidiary says Chinese manufacturers have been avoiding the AD and CVD duties applied to products featuring Chinese-made cells which have been imposed by the U.S. authorities since December 2012.

Exisiting CD and AVD duties apply only to products featuring cells made in China and SolarWorld says Chinese manufacturers simply switched cell production to Taiwan, which is not covered by the legislation, before assembling modules in either Taiwan or China.

The Department of Commerce will decide on Wednesday whether to extend the duties to include ‘certain crystalline photovoltaic products’ from China and Taiwan with the trade in Chinese products defined by the more comprehensive definition estimated to have been worth $2.1 billion in 2012 and with a further $513.5 million of commerce in products from Taiwan.