Brussels: Decision for punitive tariffs announced

The EU Commission imposed the expected punitive tariffs on Chinese modules on Tuesday. As various media reported, the tariffs will initially be set at 11.8 %, to allow room for negotiation. Previously, significantly higher amounts had been on the table. The tariffs will be increased to an average of 47.8% on 6 August if no solution is negotiated by then. The European Commission's plans have been strongly criticised during the last few weeks by EU Member States, including Germany.

In Germany and Europe, there are some in favour and some who are against punitive tariffs. While the initiative EU ProSun accuses China of dumping and behaviour that distorts competition, government officials are wary of getting into a trade war. Particularly in the German PV industry, many market participants are predicting a decline in demand if punitive tariffs increase the cost of modules and system prices.

Ralf Ossenbrink

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