U.S. solar product trade ruling opens way to import duties on China, Taiwan

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Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday imports of solar products from China and Taiwan injure U.S. producers, clearing the final hurdle for import duties on the goods.

ITC commissioners voted in favor of the complaint brought by the U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG in a bid to close a loophole that let Chinese producers sidestep duties imposed in 2012.

The decision gives the U.S. Commerce Department the green light to impose anti-dumping duties as high as 165.04 percent for Chinese goods and 19.5 percent for Taiwanese goods. Separate anti-subsidy duties of up to 38.72 percent apply for Chinese goods.

The commission voted 5-0 against China and 4-1 against Taiwan.

Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld, hailed the ruling.

"Today's decision confirms the facts set out in our initial filing, the commission staff report and our testimony at the agency's November hearing on the case," said Dulani.

He said the decision would allow U.S. solar manufacturers "to move forward with additional certainty and will likely mean additional investment and hiring in the future."

(Reporting by Elvina Nawaguna and Krista Hughes; Editing by Andrea Ricci)