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China’s Ministry of Commerce on Friday announced a decision to maintain the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar-grade polysilicon imported from the European Union (EU).
The ministry will review the case again following a request to extend the punitive measures by four Chinese solar, namely Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development Co Ltd, Jiangxi LDK PV Silicon Technology Co Ltd, Luoyang Sino-silicon high-tech Co Ltd and Chongqing New Energy Ltd.
The four parties insist that removing the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties could damage the Chinese solar industry.
Solar-grade polysilicon coming from the EU have been subject to punitive tariffs from May 2014. The duties were set to expire on April 30, 2016, but will remain in place during the new review. In December, the European Commission started an expiry review of its own anti-dumping duties on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules and cells from China.
US and South Korean importers of polysilicon also face anti-dumping duties in China for five years, starting from January 2014.