According to a bulletin from CASM, The Department of Commerce “will begin collecting duties back 90 days on Chinese imports.”
According to CASM’s public relations group, Oglivy,”This is the first time the Department has ever applied critical circumstances before a preliminary determination. This is a win for CASM and the U.S. solar manufacturing industry. Moreover, it confirms our report from last week that the Chinese were pushing product into the US market to avoid tariffs.”
The SolarWorld/CASM solar panel anti-dumping and countervailing duties case is still percolating at the International Trade Administration. It’s a case with long-ranging implications for U.S. and Chinese solar manufacturers and the entire U.S. solar ecosystem. We’ve covered the case in detail and have provided perspectives from a number of angles since its initial filing on October 19 of last year.
There’s not much to do other than wait, now until March 2, and in the meantime the parties will busy themselves with publishing studies and launching further public relations campaigns.