EU keeps anti-subsidy duties on solar glass from China

Jul 27, 2020 08:50 PM ET
  • The duties, which were introduced in May 2014, presently vary from 3.2% to 17.1%. The European Commission has actually wrapped up that there are no compelling factors to ditch definitive countervailing steps on solar glass imports from China.
EU keeps anti-subsidy duties on solar glass from China
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The European Commission has actually chosen to preserve anti-subsidy duties, initially introduced in May 2014, on solar glass imported from China.

Anti-subsidy duties currently vary from 3.2% to 17.1%. The brand-new procedures entered into pressure on July 23. In May 2019, the European Commission started a review of the duties. The review was set to cover the period from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018.

The EU professionals have checked out whether aids provided to Chinese glass suppliers have actually harmed the European PV industry. They analyzed 2 makers-- Saint-Gobain Glassolutions Isolierglass-Center GmbH as well as Germany-based GMB Glasmanufaktur Brandenburg GmbH.

" The example contained 2 union manufacturers accounting for greater than 80% of the union production of the item under review," the European Commission claimed in a document published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Total EU PV glass manufacturing throughout the investigation period has actually been estimated at around 12 million square meters.

The Chinese federal government initially joined the very first examination stage of the testimonial procedure, however later on determined not to comply, the European Commission claimed. Chinese glass suppliers likewise failed to find ahead within the moment limit established for the review.

" The compensation concluded that there suffices evidence that subsidization of the solar glass industry in (China) proceeded throughout the testimonial examination period as well as is likely to continue in the future," the payment said. "The union industry would certainly be likely to experience a severe damage of its circumstance in case the countervailing steps were allowed to lapse."

After finishing the testimonial, the payment ended that there are "no compelling factors against the upkeep of the conclusive countervailing actions on imports of solar glass originating in (China).".

The European Union has additionally stated that a number of European PV panel makers have actually revealed resistance to the measures. "The debates of the users related to enhanced production expenses, capability of the solar glass producers to meet the need, the planned investment into solar panels manufacturing and also the ecological elements," the compensation discussed. "Similarly, adhering to disclosure, the union solar sector association ESMC submitted that maintaining import duties on solar glass would be hard for present union solar module makers as it boosts their expenses for glass, while modules imported right into the union are exempt to such tolls, even where Chinese glass is used.".

The commission ended that the impact of the duties on the cost structure of European PV module makers is presently not disproportionate. On top of that, their supply security is not endangered, it stated.

Hong Kong-listed Xinyi Solar was used the lowest duty at 3.2%, while Zhejiang Hehe Photovoltaic Glass Technology will certainly need to pay the greatest duty of 17.1%. A 12.8% tariff was imposed on Zhejiang Jiafu Glass, Flat Solar Glass Group, and Shanghai Flat Glass, while Henan Yuhua New Material will certainly have to pay an anti-subsidy duty of 16.7%.

Various other manufacturers face a portion of 12.4%. They consist of Avic Sanxin Sol-Glass, Avic (Hainan) Special Glass Material, Wuxi Haida Safety Glass, Dongguan CSG Solar Glass, Pilkington Solar Taicang, and also Novatech Glass.