|E.U. INVESTIGATES CHINESE SOLAR PANELS|
Aruba, September 7, 2012 - The European Union began on Thursday morning the world’s biggest anti-dumping investigation in terms of value, a broad inquiry into whether Chinese companies have been exporting solar power products for less than it costs to make them.
After exerting heavy diplomatic pressure for the European Union not to start the case, and after veiled threats to retaliate, the initial Chinese response on Thursday was restrained.
The scope of the European investigation is unusually broad, applying not only to fully assembled solar panels but also imports of key components like solar cells and solar wafers. If tariffs are applied, the breadth of the case would make it extremely difficult for Chinese companies from shipping the components to Europe and then assembling them into finished panels there.