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U.S. Solar Panel Maker Seeks to Close Loophole in Duties on Chinese Products

Jan 2, 2014
(New York Times)

A major maker of solar panels opened another chapter in a long-simmering trade dispute on Tuesday, asking the Commerce Department to impose new duties on imported modules made of certain components from China or Taiwan.

The petition, brought by SolarWorld Industries America, is intended to close a loophole in the United States decision to impose duties on imported Chinese modules.

Should the petition go forward, it could effectively block Chinese manufacturers from the American market, said Shayle Kann, vice president of research at GTM Research, which tracks clean-tech industries.