U.S. rejects antidumping tariff petition from domestic solar manufacturers

By John Engel Follow @EngelsAngle

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has rejected an antidumping tariff petition brought by a group of anonymous domestic solar manufacturers against solar modules imported from three Southeast Asian countries.

Members of the American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC) claimed that Chinese crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules were being completed in Malaysia, Thailand, or Vietnam before being exported to the U.S., thus circumventing the antidumping duty and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders on crystalline silicon PV cells from China.

The Dept. of Commerce rejected the petition Wednesday, claiming A-SMACC’s refusal to identify its members limited the scope of the agency’s inquiry.

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