Canada imposes provisional import duties on Chinese PV products

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) last week announced its preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing with respect to PV modules and laminates originating in or exported from China.

CBSA slapped provisional duties on nine specific leading China-based manufacturers, including JA Solar, Hanwha SolarOne, JinkoSolar and Canadian Solar, ranging from 9.1% to as high as 202.5%. All other unnamed Chinese exporters will face duties of 286.1%.

The nine exporters and their respective provisional duties include:

  • Renesola (9.14%)
  • Wuxi Taichen Machinery & Equipment (27.7%)
  • Hefei JA Solar Technology (50.6%)
  • Hanwha SolarOne (103.3%)
  • JinkoSolar (111.8%)
  • Zhejang Jinko Solar (115.9%)
  • Changzhou Trina Solar Energy (126.5%)
  • Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu) Inc. / Canadian Solar
  • International Limited (174.2%)
  • Wuxi Suntech Power (202.5%)

CBSA, which provides help to Canadian producers who face unfair foreign competition in the Canadian market place, said it would release additional information about its investigations in the next two weeks.

Duties impact local player

Meanwhile, Canadian solar systems provider Carmanah Technologies Corporation said on Friday that it currently imported PV modules, some of which are subject to countervailing duties in the United States and some of which are subject to Canada’s provisional duties.

In January, the U.S. Department of Commerce made a final ruling that PV cells from China and Taiwan had also been dumped and subsidized and similarly imposed countervailing duties.

Carmanah said it expected the overall impact of the U.S. and Canadian measures on its business to be “very limited.”

The company’s solar EPC-focused Power Division operates only in Canada and has, up until now, purchased solar PV modules manufactured under Canadian content guidelines for the Ontario Feed-in Tariff Program. However, the company pointed out that the Ontario program had relaxed future Canadian content requirements and the solar developers for whom Carmanah completes projects were anticipating the use of lower cost PV modules.

Carmanah said Canadian module manufacturers and non-Chinese foreign suppliers were “active competitors in the market and the company believes there will still be abundant competition which will prevent significant increases in module cost.”

The group added that it would not suffer profit margin losses as all component costs are passed along to solar developers.

However, with regard to flexible solar panels, which are only available in reliable form from Chinese suppliers, Carmanah said it had increased its prices on products that use flexible components by some 15% in order to preserve reasonable profit margins.