Department of Commerce Reaches Affirmative Determinations on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from China and Taiwan

03 January 2015 Renewable Energy Outlook Blog

On December 16, 2014, the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) reached affirmative final antidumping determinations relating to Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from the People’s Republic of China (“China”) and Taiwan. The DOC also reached an affirmative final countervailing duty determination regarding the same product from China. 

The ITC is scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about January 29, 2015.  If the ITC makes affirmative final determinations that imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China and/or Taiwan materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, DOC will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders, as applicable. If the ITC makes negative determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated.

For the Chinese investigation, the DOC identified two mandatory respondents. The first was Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd./Trina Solar (Changzhou) Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (collectively “Trina Solar”). Trina Solar was assigned an antidumping margin of 26.71%.  The second mandatory respondent was Renesola Jiangsu Ltd./Renesola Zhejiang Ltd./Jinko Solar Co. Ltd./Jinko Solar Import and Export Co., Ltd. (collectively,“Renesola/Jinko”). Renesola/Jinko was assigned an antidumping margin of 78.42%.  There were several other companies identified by the DOC to receive a “separate rate.” That rate is 52.13%. All other companies not identified by the DOC receive the “China-wide” rate, which is 165.04%.

For the Taiwan investigation, two mandatory respondents were also identified. The first was Gintech Energy Corporation which was assigned a 27.55% antidumping margin. The second was Motech Industries, Inc. which was assigned a 11.45% antidumping margin. The “all others” rate assigned to Taiwan is 19.5%. 

Finally, countervailing duty rates were applied to China. First, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd., which includes Trina Solar (Changzhou) Science & Technology Co., Ltd., was given a rate of 49.79%. Second, Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. and five of its affiliates, were given rates of 27.64%. The “China-wide” rate for all other companies is 38.72%. 

The description of the product under investigation varies slightly:

China

The merchandise covered by the investigation is modules, laminates and/or panels consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including building integrated materials. For purposes of the investigation, subject merchandise includes modules, laminates and/or panels assembled in China consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells produced in a customs territory other than China.

Subject merchandise includes modules, laminates and/or panels assembled in China consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells of thickness equal to or greater than 20 micrometers, having ap/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 (including, but not limited to, metallization and conductor patterns) to collect and forward the electricity that is generated by the cell.

Excluded from the scope of the investigation are thin film photovoltaic products produced from amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), or copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS).Also excluded from the scope of the investigation are modules, laminates and/or panels assembled in China, consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, not exceeding 10,000mm2 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 cells. Where more than one module, laminate and/or panel is permanently integrated into a consumer good, the surface area for purposes of this exclusion shall be the total combined surface area of all modules, laminates and/or panels that are integrated into the consumer good. Further, also excluded from the scope of the investigation are any products covered by the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, laminates and/or panels, from China.

Merchandise covered by the investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.8030, 8507.20.8040,8507.20.8060, 8507.20.8090, 8541.40.6020, 8541.40.6030 and 8501.31.8000. These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive.

Taiwan

The merchandise covered by the investigation is crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates and/or panels consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including building integrated materials.

Subject merchandise includes 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 (including, but not limited to, metallization and conductor patterns) to collect and forward the electricity that is generated by the cell.

Modules, laminates, and panels produced in a third-country from cells produced in Taiwan are covered by the investigation. However, modules, laminates, and panels produced in Taiwan from cells produced in a third-country are not covered by the investigation.

Excluded from the scope of the investigation are thin film photovoltaic products produced from amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), or copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS).Also excluded from the scope of the investigation are crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, not exceeding 10,000mm2 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 cells. 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 that are integrated into the consumer good.

Further, also excluded from the scope of the investigation are any products covered by the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from the People’s Republic of China (“China”). Also excluded from the scope of the investigation are modules, laminates, and panels produced in China from crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells produced in Taiwan that are covered by an existing proceeding on such modules, laminates, and panels from China.

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