Yingli commented on the preliminary anti-dumping duty (AD) tariff decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the import of certain solar PV products assembled in China using components from a third country. According to the decision, Yingli and its affiliates will be considered part of the Separate Rates Group and will be subject to a preliminary anti-dumping tariff of 42.33% on certain PV solar module imports.
"Unfortunately, this determination will increase the price of solar energy in America, severely jeopardizing the U.S. solar industry's tremendous progress in cost competiveness and affordability when compared with traditional energy sources," commented Mr. Robert Petrina, Managing Director of Yingli Green Energy Americas, Inc. "While we have fully cooperated throughout this investigation and were prepared for this preliminary decision, we ask that our industry comes together to resolve this dispute and focus on the growth of the promising American market. We remain committed to the U.S. solar market and will continue to support our partners and projects."
When combined with the previously announced preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) tariff, Yingli's combined tariff rate on imported PV modules assembled in China, but containing cells manufactured in a third country from certain Chinese components, is 47.27%. Both the AD and CVD tariff determinations for all solar products covered by these petitions are preliminary, and may be revised once the International Trade Commission (ITC) completes its investigation. The final AD and CVD determination is expected before the end of 2014, and the final ITC determination is expected in early 2015.
"As a result of protectionist trade policies that raise prices and slow the deployment of solar power, we anticipate that significantly fewer people in the U.S. and globally will experience the long-term economic and environmental benefits of widespread solar adoption," commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli.