The levels of solar duties on Chinese-manufactured solar products have just been announced by the European Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht.
From the 6th June a tariff rate of 11.8 % will be introduced with a rise in the levy amount to originally proposed levies of, on average, 46.7 % on 6th August.
This decision has been made despite an overwhelming vote against the proposals by EU Member States. It is argued by the Trade Commissioner that dumping has in fact taken place and that the measures were “designed to prevent the situation from turning fatal.”
However, he continues that “today’s action opens the door to negotiate an amicable solution” with China. De Gucht also stressed that Europe’s preferred solution would be on a negotiated settlement.
Responding to the news, Paul Barwell CEO of the Solar Trade Association, said: “Any form of duties is not good news. Allowing the industry a two-month reprieve at 11% duties, without catches, might allow the industry some breathing space. However, European delivery lead times are up to ten weeks, and will also be subject to the availability of stock.”
Greg Barker was also quick to respond to the news on Twitter posting:“@LeonieGreene: @Solar_Editor can someone please ask De Gucht why he's ignored massive EU downstream solar industry?” I have & v forcefully!