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How pervasive is the CBD antidumping action and what are the effects on solar?

Trade pressures grew in mid-August and September after a group of companies asked the U.S. Commerce Department to impose anti-dumping (AD), and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on a handful of producers of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules that are imported from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. In addition, the American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention filed three petitions through the law firm Wiley Rein requesting that Commerce investigate what it said are “unfairly traded imports” from the three countries.

The group said that circumvention of anti-dumping and duties on Chinese solar products has “hobbled the U.S. industry, devastated our supply chains, and put our clean energy future at risk.” A group of companies that decline to be named but say they are players in the U.S. solar industry has asked the U.S. Commerce Department to impose anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on a handful of producers of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules that are imported from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”


A CBP lawyer said the detention does not prevent the product from being exported away from the U.S. And that product can be identified regardless of how it enters the U.S., whether by ship, rail, or air freight. The CBP likely will use a wide range of sources to identify potential companies and products, including non-governmental organizations, press reports, the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as international partners.
It is obvious the solar industry is miserably behind both the agriculture and apparel industries when it comes to preparing for and responding to WRO enforcement.

Companies in other industries have dedicated teams that monitor for and act to mitigate CBP enforcement risk, he said. By contrast, the solar industry largely has had little recognition of similar risk indicators. CBP enforcement is built into the agriculture and apparel industries because of years of harassment and enforcement.


The solar industry has made some progress since the beginning of the year to improve supply chain traceability. The Protocol is also intended to help importers meet their U.S. customs law reasonable care obligations and improve an importer’s ability to respond to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requests for information and audit inquiries. By following the Protocol and producing the documentation recommended, an importer should be well-positioned to demonstrate both provenance (where something comes from) and avoidance (locations that are not involved in the production of the product). And, companies can avoid CBP detention by shifting supply chains away from potential conflict regions.

Solar customers expect their products to be ethically produced. These protocols help ensure that solar products coming into the United States are not made using forced labor. We want the solar industry to keep growing but not off of the backs of people being controlled by any government or group of people.


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Please use the link North American Clean Energy – July/August 2021 issue to see the article on pages 16-17 in the issue.

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