EU ProSun calls for extension of Chinese solar duties - report
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Solar organisation EU ProSun has asked the European Commission (EC) to extend the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Chinese solar imports, Bloomberg said Friday, citing an informed source.
In December 2013 the EC imposed punitive levies on all Chinese PV panel makers. These will end on December 7, 2015, unless the watchdog initiates expiry reviews.
A few months before the 2013 duties came into force, a price undertaking deal was reached, giving Chinese companies the option to avoid the tariffs by selling their products in the EU above fixed floor prices and within volume limits. Already, a number of manufacturers have been excluded from the undertaking agreement as they broke the terms. The list includes Canadian Solar Inc units and ReneSola Ltd, among others.
On Friday, EU ProSun announced that Chint Solar and Sunny Energy have also committed massive price violations.
In May, the EC also announced the start of a probe into solar imports from Taiwan and Malaysia to determine whether Chinese products bypass EU anti-dumping measures. That move followed another call by the solar sector association.