Commerce chooses 8 solar manufacturers for deeper examination in AD/CVD circumvention investigation

The Department of Commerce has released the names of the mandatory respondents in the AD/CVD evasion investigation currently underway in the solar industry.

The department, which looks at solar cell and panel manufacturers in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam that use components from China and whether the companies bypass Chinese tariffs, sent out questionnaires in early April seeking export details. Seventy-six questionnaires were issued (Cambodia: 12, Malaysia: 20, Thailand: 18, Vietnam: 26) and two companies from each country will be further investigated. Commerce chose these particular companies because of their large amount of export to the United States.

The chosen companies are:

  • Cambodia: BYD and New East Solar
  • Malaysia: Hanwha Q CELLS and Jinko Solar
  • Thailand: Canadian Solar and Trina Solar
  • Vietnam: Boviet Solar and Vina Solar Technology (LONGi)

Commerce said that since there are a “large number of exporters or producers” in each of the affected countries, it “wouldn’t be practical to examine each of them individually to determine if everyone is circumventing the Orders. Investigating all of these exporters/ producers would require significant resources.”

DOC is now going to do a deep dive into the production and export processes at these eight companies. The department will investigate whether Chinese wafers, silane, silver paste, solar glass, aluminum frames, junction boxes, EVA plates and backsheets have been used in exported cells and modules, and whether the eight companies have direct relationships with Chinese manufacturers that would refer to attempts to AD/CVD evasion.

The trade should present preliminary findings of its investigation by 30 August 2022, together with a provisional duty for all importers of the products concerned. A final decision would then be taken on January 26, 2023.

Check out our coverage of the tariffs and charges impacting the US solar industry here.

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