The US International Trade Commission on Friday voted unanimously in favor of proceeding with the Suniva/SolarWorld Section 201 trade case, finding Chinese solar imports are “a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry,” despite the claims and evidence of virtually the entire US solar industry.
Unsurprisingly, the resulting fall-out from the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision has been a heady mixture of anger and disappointment.
Section 201 trade case History 101
I’ve been covering this trade case for most of the year and it’s been a rough ride. In April of this year, Chinese-owned/US-based solar cell manufacturer Suniva filed a case with the ITC, which was then formally accepted in May, leading to the initiating of an ‘Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigation’ that would conclude in September. The underlying premise of the trade case — which quickly received the support of German-owned SolarWorld, who joined as a co-petitioner — was that China was flooding the US market with solar cells and modules, making it impossible for US-based manufacturers to compete.
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