December 5, 2015 Posted by: Wouter Vermeersch
EU Commission extends solar import duties till 2017
The anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties for Chinese modules and cells and the price undertaking should have expired on Monday December 7, 2015. However, EU Prosun (the SolarWorld-backed lobby group in favour of import duties) requested the EU Commission on September 4, 2015 to start an expiry review. The European Commission decided today to initiate the expiry review with an interim review.
During the expiry review, EU producers, the Chinese producers and importers will again be invited to respond to questionnaires. Users of modules or cells but also the participants in the photovoltaic value chain will have the right to present arguments to the European Commission why the duties and undertakings should lapse in the interest of the EU PV industry at large.
At the end of the expiry review, the European Commission will decide whether to:
a) stop the duties and undertakings; or
b) amend them; or
c) keep them in place for a specific period.
The above implies that the duties and undertakings will remain in place for the duration of the investigation which could last another 15 months, thus until March 5, 2017.