Case Study

Energy transition, renewables & antidumping

2 pages
September 2013
Reference: IMD-3-2392

On 8 May 2013, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht – following up on a complaint brought by EU Pro Sun, an association of European solar panel producers, in September 2012 – approved the imposition of an average countervailing duty of 47% on solar panels, solar cells and wavers originating from the People’s Republic of China. The commission believed it held sufficient prima facie evidence that low-priced imports were being dumped and were causing substantial damage to the European Union’s industry. The EU had to complete its investigations by December 2013 and, following consultation with member states, was able to impose definitive countervailing duties for up to five years. The case was important for a number of reasons. Not least of which, the decision marked the most significant antidumping case in the history of the EU and was likely to trigger retaliatory reactions from Beijing.

Learning Objective

Stakeholder management.

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