European Commission seeks to bar five Chinese PV manufacturers from price undertaking

The European Commission has moved to bar five Chinese PV manufacturers from its minimum import price agreement with Chinese producers due to alleged violations of the undertaking that allows sales of their products in the European Union.

In a general disclosure document obtained by pv magazine, the European Commission proposes the removal of Huashun China, Seraphim China, JinkoSolar, Risen Energy and Wuxi Suntech from the price undertaking.

JinkoSolar, Risen and Wuxi Suntech had already informed the EC of their intention to exit the agreement in August and September. JinkoSolar publicly announced the move last month. Other major manufacturers have also left the deal, including JA Solar and Trina Solar, which plans to supply the EU from its fabs outside of China.

Chinese PV producers that are not taking part in the undertaking face anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs of some 50% for crystalline solar cells and modules that are made in China.

The cases of Huashun and Seraphim, the Commission found that the companies appear to have circumvented agreement regulations on more than 150 invoices. The companies face 50% tariffs on the imports in questions but also have the opportunity to respond to the allegations.

The EC launched an expiry review of the undertaking in December 2015. The Commission has until early 2017 to decide whether to continue the price undertaking and import volume or let it expire.

More than 400 European companies sent a letter to European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Wednesday calling for an end to the trade measures on Chinese solar modules and cells in place since 2012.