EU-China Solar Industry Trade Dispute

EU-China Solar Industry Trade Dispute

Last year, German solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld AG filed a complaint with the European Commission against their Chinese competitors. This came after the company’s US subsidiary, SolarWorld Industries Americas, launched two similar petitions in the United States. These were submitted on behalf of the Coalition of American Solar Manufacturers, an alliance of seven companies which SolarWorld Industries is a founding member of. The US Department of Commerce found in favour of CASM on both counts and has imposed import duties as a result.

The EU is the world’s largest market for solar photo-voltaic equipment – in 2011, it accounted for 74 per cent of global installations. The EU recently announced that it intends to impose tariffs as high as 67.9 per cent on solar panels imported from China. These tariffs are expected to be levied by June 6th of this year and will affect more than 100 Chinese companies.

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About the Author:

Sebastian Andrei is NABATAEANS’ editor for EU - Middle East Trade and Political Relations. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, where he majored in journalism with minors in political science as well as business and economics. Sebastian is responsible for reporting on the European Union’s external trade relations. He also writes about economic development and investment opportunities in Europe as well as about policy changes which affect the EU common market.

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