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China To Impose Anti-Subsidy Duties On Some U.S. Solar–Grade Polysilicon

We have commented on many an occasion in recent months about the issues between China and the European Union as well as the USA over solar panel exports emanating from China. There continues to be conflict between China and the USA specifically on the subject of the importing of at least some solar-grade polysilicon from the USA into China.

Polysilicon is used in the manufacture of solar panels

In fact, China only announced on Monday 16th September 2013 that it was imposing preliminary anti-subsidy duties on the import of this well used material emanating from some United States of America companies. The Ministry of Commerce in China stated that it was to impose a duty of 6.5% on such imports as it believed that subsidies existed and were damaging China’s polysilicon industry.

Could this action result in there being increased tension between these two super-powers as far as world trade is concerned? Almost certainly! After all, China’s solar panel manufacturers that use this polysilicon in the making of solar panels have been under considerable pressure of late following the imposing of import duties by the European Commission.

However, this figure of 6.5% is considerably lower than the anti-dumping duties of between 53.3% to 57% that China imposed on polysilicon coming into their country from the USA back in July 2013. At the time, the American government expressed their disappointment at the action taken by China.

It is worth noting that, in the first six months of 2013, China used 69,000 tonnes of polysilicon of a solar-grade standard but 41,000 tonnes of it was imported. This is because the imported polysilicon is of a better quality producing improved energy conservation.

It will be interesting to see how the various trade disputes over solar panels and related materials develop in the next few months between China and other countries as, in recent years, the solar industry has been big business for China. We will continue to provide updates.

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