AD/CV Duty Investigations Launched on Chinese Solar Cells
AD/CV Duty Investigations Launched on Chinese Solar Cells. The International Trade Administration has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from China. The petitioner alleges dumping margins ranging from 49.88% to 249.96%.
The goods covered by these investigations are crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules, laminates and panels consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including modules, laminates, panels and building integrated materials. These investigations cover crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells of thickness equal to or greater than 20 micrometers, having a p/n junction formed by any means, whether or not the cell has undergone other processing, including but not limited to cleaning, etching, coating and/or addition of materials (e.g., metallization and conductor patterns) to collect and forward the electricity that is generated by the cell. Subject merchandise may be described at the time of importation as parts for final finished products that are assembled after importation, such as modules, laminates, panels, building-integrated modules, building-integrated panels or other finished goods kits. Such parts that otherwise meet the definition of subject merchandise are included in the scope of these investigations. Merchandise covered by these investigations is currently classified under HTSUS 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.80, 8541.40.6020 and 8541.40.6030.
Excluded from the scope of these investigations are thin film photovoltaic products produced from amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride or copper indium gallium selenide. Also excluded are crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells not exceeding 10,000 mm2 in surface area that are permanently integrated into a consumer good whose function is other than power generation and that consumes the electricity generated by the integrated crystalline silicon photovoltaic cell. Where more than one cell is permanently integrated into a consumer good, the surface area for purposes of this exclusion shall be the total combined surface area of all cells integrated into the consumer good.
The International Trade Commission is scheduled to make its preliminary AD and CV injury determination on or about Dec. 5. If the ITC’s determinations are affirmative the AD/CV duty investigations will continue and the ITA will be scheduled to make its preliminary determinations in January (CV) and March (AD) 2012.