STA joins eight other European solar associations to fight Chinese solar duties

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    The trade associations' letter to European Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, demonstrates industry's significant opposition to trade tariffs. Image credit: Q Cells.

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has joined the voices of eight other solar trade associations from across Europe to call on the European Commission to stop its anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations against Chinese solar manufacturers.

The nine solar trade associations have sent an open letter to European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht in which they express their serious concerns over the potential outcome and impact of the EC’s investigations.

The letter highlights the current damage that is being inflicted on the market, pointing out that the EC’s imposition of mandatory registration of all Chinese solar equipment imported to the EU and the threat of retrospective duties has led to orders being cancelled, the suspension or termination of solar projects and perpetuated an air of uncertainty that is stifling business.

Paul Barwell, CEO of the STA explained: “The current uncertainty is undermining the industry at all levels.  The allegations of dumping simply do not stack up but in the meantime we are facing real difficulties. The STA has signed this letter in an effort to bring home to the Commission the strength of the industry’s views and we hope the Commission will take note.”

The full letter and list of signatories can be viewed below:

PV Industry Association Joint Letter

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