The U.S. Commerce Department determined that Chinese solar-product imports should be subject to additional tariffs to offset government subsidies, according to an agency document.
The department, which on May 17 announced anti-dumping duties as high as 250 percent on imports from China, found additional state subsidies benefiting the nation’s producers, Tim Truman, a department spokesman, said today in an e-mail.
The Commerce Department in March announced anti-subsidy duties as high as 4.73 percent for the Chinese solar-energy items. The revised determination in a June 22 memorandum would increase the tariffs to 3.44 percent from 2.9 percent on imports from Suntech Power Holdings Co. (STP:US), and to 5.81 percent from 4.73 percent on imports from Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL:US), according to a statement yesterday from the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing. The group, led by SolarWorld AG (SWV), represents companies that produce solar-energy products in the U.S.
The agency’s tariff determinations are preliminary, and no additional duties will be collected at the U.S. border as a result of the new analysis, Truman said. A final decision is scheduled for Oct. 10, he said.
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