Solarworld Seeks Probe Into Claim Chinese Dodging Europe Duties

Chinese solar-panel makers are dodging European import duties by shipping products via other places, Germany’s Solarworld AG said as it filed a request for a probe.

Solarworld asked the European Commission to investigate imports from Malaysia and Taiwan, European industry lobby EU ProSun said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. The commission declined to comment when contacted by phone.

“Up to 30 percent of Chinese solar imports bypass EU import measures through fraudulent circumvention,” Milan Nitzschke, a spokesman for Solarworld and the president of EU ProSun, said in the statement.

The filing threatens to reopen a rift between the EU and China after a deal late 2013 set a minimum price and a cap on European imports of solar panels from China until the end of 2015. Chinese manufacturers joining the accord are spared EU tariffs meant to counter dumping, where imports are sold below cost to grab market share, and subsidies for foreign exporters.

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