EU investigates Chinese solar panel imports

Published:  10 September, 2012

BRUSSELS: The EU is to investigate a claim by industry association EU Pro Sun, which represents 20 European companies producing solar panels, that solar panels and their key components imported from China enter the European market at prices below market value.

The complaint shows possible price dumping by the exporting producers on the EU market and a possible link between the imports and the damage suffered by the industry.

In terms of import value affected, this is the most significant anti-dumping complaint the European Commission has received so far. In 2011, China exported solar panels and their key components worth around £16.6bn to the EU.

The investigation will take 15 months in total. However, it is possible, according to trade defence rules, to impose provisional anti-dumping duties within 9 months, provided there is sufficient prima facie evidence of dumping.

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