EU reimposes AD solar duties on three more Chinese companies

Brussels today reimposed anti-dumping duties (AD) on three additional Chinese solar companies having ruled that the firms were in breach of the terms of the minimum import price (MIP) undertaking.

According to the European Commission’s Official Journal, Ningbo Osda Solar, Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance, And Shandong Linuo Photovoltaic Hi-Tech failed to uphold a mandate given to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) agreed with the Commission to not sell crystalline silicon PV modules, cells or wafers below an agreed minimum price.

This breach and subsequent removal of the three firms from the MIP undertaking follows on from last week’s move by the EU to withdraw five companies from the undertaking – three of which requested to be removed, while two others – Motech and DelSolar – were found to be attempting to circumnavigate the terms of the undertaking by supplying some components from their Taiwanese operations.

According to the EC’s Official Journal, Osda Solar revealed in its quarterly reports a sales transaction involving an allegedly unrelated importer into the EU, and had issued an undertaking invoice. The Commission since found that the importing firm was actually related to Osda Solar, but was not listed as a related party in the MIP undertaking.

The same discovery was made following financial reports by both Qixin Solar and Linuo – the former also being found guilty of cross-compensation sales (having also carried out direct sales to the same customer).

The MIP undertaking was first introduced in 2013, but in the past 12 months the Commission has uncovered numerous instances of breaches of the agreement terms, subsequently removing many large Chinese solar firms from the undertaking. Others, such as Trina Solar, have withdrew voluntarily, preferring instead to pay AD duties on their imports into the EU.