The European Commission has imposed a 42.1% anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass manufacturers, effective November 28, 2013.
The commission has imposed slightly lower rate of 38.4% to the cooperating companies, while it levied 32.3% to Hehe Group and 39.3% to Xinyi Group; Henan Yuhua was imposed the lowest rate of 17.1% due to its smaller dumping margin.
In February 2013, the commission has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into imports of solar glass from China based on a complaint lodged by EU ProSun Glass in January this year.
EU ProSun Glass, which represents the European Union solar glass producers, has filed the complaint with the Commission, claiming that solar glass from China is being dumped in the EU at prices below market value and thus causing material injury to the EU solar glass industry.
In its complaint, EU ProSun Glass argued that around 90% of imported solar glass, one of the raw materials used to produce PV modules, comes from China, and anti-dumping of such material is heavily affecting European jobs and factories.
In April 2013, the commission has initiated a parallel anti-subsidy proceeding with regard to Chinese solar imports and commenced a separate investigation; the investigation of dumping and injury covered the period from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012.
The commission has the right to open an anti-dumping investigation when it receives a duly substantiated complaint from EU producers which provides prima facie evidence.
In this case, the commission found that the complainant brought sufficient elements showing possible price dumping by the exporting producers on the EU market; injury suffered by the EU industry; and a possible causal link between the dumped imports and the injury suffered by the EU industry.
The EU solar glass investigation has no direct link with the probe related to the imports of solar panels launched by the European Commission in September 2012.
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The EU is to apply a 42.1% anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass manufacturers, according to a document published in the organisation's official journal.
The new levies are applicable from tomorrow, 28 November, the day after their publicaton in the journal.
The investigation was announced in February this year with a parallel anti-subsidy inquiry following in April.
Companies that cooperated with the EU investigation will be charged slightly lower rate of 38.4% with Henan Yuhua given the lowest rate of 17.1% to reflect its smaller dumping margin. Hehe Group was given a 32.3% levy and Xinyi Group a 39.3% rate.
The EU believes that the duties could allow manufacturers that ceased production due to price pressure from an influx of low-cost Chinese solar glass to begin again.
Centrosolar sold its glass manufacturing arm to Belgian firm Ducatt for a nominal fee in May after it starting losing money in 2012.