We have recently commented about the issues between China and the European Union over the probable imposing of import tariffs on solar panel manufacturers in China-a decision is expected in early June 2013. Well, a senior figure in Germany’s government has recently expressed concern if this were the decision taken.
Philipp Rosler, who is the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology in Germany as well as the Vice Chancellor of Germany, has expressed an opinion that it would be a mistake if the European Commission decided to introduce punitive import duties on Chinese manufactured solar panels. Such an action could lead to China deciding to retaliate and the development of an unwanted trade dispute.
He has made it clear that he wants the commission to do all that it can to avoid any trade dispute and resolve the solar trade dispute by discussions and negotiating rather than making any threats.
Of course, you will no doubt be aware that Germany are the country within the EU that have the biggest market for solar power and it was one of their solar manufacturers called SolarWorld that raised a complaint about Chinese solar manufacturers being involved in the dumping of solar panels into the EU.
It is expected that the European Commission will introduce a temporary anti-dumping tariff averaging around 47% when they announce their decision early in June. A final decision would be announced by the European Commission in December 2013 that would stand for 5 years.
The solar market between China and Europe is huge with China exporting 21 billion euros of solar goods their in 2011.
It will be interesting to see if such comments have any bearing on the decision that many people within the solar panel industry are awaiting with some concern. Equally, there are many within the industry that are no doubt in favour of an anti-dumping tariff being imposed upon China.