The European Commission has announced preliminary duties of 11.8% will be applied to Chinese solar manufacturers’ modules and cells from 6th June, a lower rate than initially expected.
In a press conference on 4th June, European trade commissioner, Karel de Gucht, said duties would be phased in to allow for a negotiated solution.
The commission will increase duties to an average of 47% on 6th August if a diplomatic resolution is not reached between Chinese and European ministers.
After this time duties will range from 37.2 to 67.9%, with the lower tariffs being applied to Chinese companies that have cooperated with the investigation in August. EU Member states will take the final decision whether to impose definitive duties on 5th December 2013.
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