Chinese attempt to get around harsh US tariffs

Solar panel manufacturers in China are to source components from Taiwan in an attempt to sidestep US anti-dumping tariffs of at least 31 per cent announced by the US department of commerce last week.

The larger Chinese solar power companies are expected to use components from Taiwan, Korea and other countries to maintain their position in the fast-growing US market.

The US imposed anti-dumping duties on Chinese polysilicon solar cells following a complaint from SolarWorld and six other companies with US solar manufacturing operations, reports FT.

The Chinese ministry of commerce has expressed their discontent with the ruling, attacking the duties as “unfair”, proclaiming the move as evidence of the US tendency towards protectionism.

Chinese manufacturers and American solar power generators and installers, which benefit from cheap Chinese panels, will try to overturn the preliminary decision when the US commerce department makes its final ruling in October.

Taiwan has capacity to manufacture solar cells this year capable of generating 7,300 megawatts, twice the expected size of the US market, which is on course to be about 3,000MW this year.

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