87 percent of Germany's PV imports 2022 originated from China

Mar 2, 2023 03:51 PM ET
  • Around 87 percent of German imports for photovoltaic or pv systems came from individuals's Republic of China in 2022.

The value of these imported goods was EUR 3.1 billion ($ 3.29 billion), according to the Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt, Destatis). China was followed at a great distance by the Netherlands with a goods value of EUR 143 million (4% share) and Taiwan (EUR 94 million, 3%). In total, PV systems worth around EUR 3.6 billion went into Germany in 2014. In its data on foreign profession statistics of Germany's cross-border trade in goods with international nations, the Office uses the term "photovoltaic or pv systems" to consist of not just solar cells however likewise other photodiodes (carefully, the data includes the product codes WA85017100 Direct existing generators, solar, <50W; WA85017200 Direct current generators, photovoltaic, >50W; WA85018000 Alternating existing generators, solar; WA85414300 Photovoltaic elements, in modules or in the form of panels).

According to the statistics, the value of PV imports in 2022 was more than two times the value of exports of these goods from Germany, which was simply over EUR 1.4 billion. These mosted likely to a huge extent to European countries. The major buyers were Austria (EUR 206 million, 14%), the Netherlands (EUR 164 million, 11%) as well as Italy (EUR 160 million, 11%).

The increase in imports is likely due in part to boosted domestic solar module production, as the cells needed for this additionally greatly come from China. From January to September 2022, about 2.9 million solar modules were created in Germany offer for sale locally or abroad, 44 percent greater than in the initial 3 quarters of 2021 and also 75 percent greater than in the very same duration of the pre-Corona year 2019, for which the data were first available.

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