Australia resumes anti-dumping case against Chinese solar producers

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The year-long investigation by Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission into the alleged dumping of crystalline silicon PV modules and panels imported from China, which was dropped in October last year, has been resumed.

On January 8, Australian commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission, Dale Seymour, advised that the investigation is to be resumed "after the publication of a new Statement of Essential Facts (SEF)".

The case was dropped last year after the Commission found that, despite there being evidence of dumped produce making its way from China to Australia, its impact on the Australian solar industry was "negligible" and caused little hindrance.

That decision was welcomed by Australia’s Clean Energy Council (CEC) at the time, meaning the Commission’s reversal of its earlier decision is likely to be met with renewed criticism.

In the notice published by the Commission, Seymour stated that Tindo Manufacturing – the Australian company that originally lodged the dumping complaint – on November 5 requested a review of the termination decision.

The Anti-Dumping Review Panel subsequently revoked the termination decision on January 8, and now interested parties have 20 days with which to make a submission in response to the SEF.