The commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission determined Nov. 7, in a 6-0 vote, that the U.S. market is negatively impacted by crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules imported from China.
As a result, the Department of Commerce wiill issue anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of these Chinese products. However, the commission ruled that “critical circumstances,” which would cause these duties to be enforced retroactively, do not apply.
Solar modules assembled in China containing solar cells originating from a third country continue to be tariff-free.
Suntech Power Holdings, the world’s largest producer of solar panels, opposed the ITC’s decision, remarking that it presents a serious challenge to the U.S. solar industry and for American jobs and energy consumers worldwide.