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Chinese firms issue joint statement on EU’s anti-dumping complaint (3)

(People's Daily Online)

15:58, July 31, 2012

U.S. imports of Chinese solar products on the decline

It is impossible to predict the result of the European anti-dumping complaint, but it is certain that China’s solar exports to the United States have started declining due to the anti-dumping and countervailing investigations.

On May 17, the U.S. Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling imposing anti-dumping tariffs between 2.9 percent and 4.73 percent on imported Chinese solar panels. The tariffs have made a negative impact on China’s solar industry as the country exports up to 2 billion yuan worth of solar products to the U.S. market every year.

U.S. imports of Chinese solar cells and panels fell sharply for a second consecutive month in May, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM). The total for that month was 124 million U.S. dollars, down 45 percent from 225.8 million U.S. dollars in May 2011. U.S. imports of Chinese solar products declined nearly 67 percent in April from a year earlier.

The negative influence has appeared in many areas of China.

According to customs statistics of Hebei province, the exported photovoltaic products from Hebei declined by 17 percent and 14 percent respectively in February and March this year while the decrease rate reached up to 33 percent in June.

Taizhou of Zhejiang province, in which the photovoltaic enterprises are clustered, had a total export volume of photovoltaic solar panels of over 86 million U.S. dollars in the first half of this year, a decrease of almost 37 percent year-on-year.

The principal of a photovoltaic enterprise in Guangdong told the reporter that the anti-dumping and countervailing measures hit a heavy blow to the small and medium-sized photovoltaic enterprises like his which have a single foreign market.

"If the EU carries out anti-dumping and countervailing measures now, these small and medium-sized photovoltaic enterprises will have been experiencing tough times until the end of this year," the principal said.

Read the Chinese version at: 欧盟光伏企业提出反倾销申诉 , Source: People's Daily Online, Author: Guo Lifang

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