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European Union Raising Anti-Dumping Duties On Chinese Solar Glass

The European Union has raised anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese solar glass all the way up to a maximum of 75.4% — up a substantial amount from an original maximum anti-dumping duty of 36.1%.

The decision to raise anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar glass follows the reopening of the European Union’s investigation in December 2014, which was prompted by a request from EU ProSun Glass the month before.

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The reason for the anti-dumping duty increase — according to the official public statement from the European Commission — is that export prices for the companies investigated by the commission failed to stop falling even after the first set of anti-dumping duties were made applicable.

Most of the companies that have had the new anti-dumping duties applied to them have been given rates somewhere near 60%. The aforementioned maximum rate of 75.4% was applied to Xinyi PV Products (for various reasons). The countervailing duties put in place at the end of the original investigation remain in effect and unchanged; in addition to the application of the new anti-dumping duties.

Despite the recent decision, there’s actually been some criticism coming from the complainant of the original investigation concerning European Union–Chinese solar cell and module trade, SolarWorld. The company has come out publicly to state its opposition to the reopening of the solar glass investigation.

It should probably be noted here that EU ProSun Glass is a separate trade group from EU Pro Sun, which is supported mostly by SolarWorld. Perhaps SolarWorld doesn’t like the cost of its materials going up, just the cost of cost of competing manufacturers’ products?

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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