ITC decides China hurting US solar

But you probably apply this analysis to most anything that comes from China.

Greenwire reports,

In a preliminary ruling this morning, the U.S. International Trade Commission determined that subsidized Chinese solar exports have harmed America’s domestic solar industry.

The decision moves the U.S. government one step closer to issuing sanctions on Chinese solar equipment.

The ruling today is a victory for SolarWorld Industries America and six other crystalline photovoltaic cell companies that have accused the Chinese government of subsidizing its solar manufacturers in violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The Chinese, the companies allege, are using illegal contract awards, trade barriers, financing breaks, supply-chain subsidies and other tactics to run U.S. companies out of business in an effort to put a stranglehold on the U.S. PV market.

Today’s unanimous decision by the six-member panel opens the door for the ITC and U.S. Department of Commerce to move forward with a joint investigation into whether antidumping and countervailing duties should be imposed against importers of Chinese PV products…

The China Chamber also noted in its release this week that a group of U.S. companies has organized under the name of the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) to oppose SolarWorld’s petition. That group has argued that SolarWorld is acting in its own best interests, not that of the wider U.S. solar industry. It argues the dispute could cost American jobs.

But Brinser has little regard for CASE.

CASE is “basically importers, and it’s clearly backed by the Chinese industry, all of whom are members of CASE,” he said. “It really is the Chinese industry.”