Statement Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME)

Dec 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Articles, Featured Posts, Political Impact

In the statement which followed, CCCME posited that the SolarWorld-led petition is a “distortion of the current situation of China-based PV industries and their export of PV products to the U.S.” It added, “Any trade restrictive measures that may be imposed will unavoidably cause serious impairment to the sustainable development of the green energy industries as well as consumer’s interests both in China and the U.S.”

It laid out six arguments, which it has used to defend its position. These are:

1. A free international PV market is crucial to the cause of global environmental protection
Here CCCME cited the “global understandings” laid out at the 2004 Bonn Conference, which include exploring and utilizing renewable energy as a means toward achieving economic development and poverty alleviation.

2. Chinese PV industries are an important component of the global PV industry chain and have made tremendous contribution to the development of the U.S. and global PV industries

CCCME argued under this point that China has been “tremendous” global driving force in decreasing photovoltaic costs and has helped to “make the goal of grid parity a real possibility”. It also highlighted the R&D efforts undertaken by Chinese companies, and the fact that many of the raw materials required for solar are imported from China into the U.S. and Europe.

3. Growth of Chinese PV product exports to the U.S. results from competitive advantages on the market, not dumping or subsidies
Increasing import numbers from China to the U.S are said to reflect the fact that the country’s products are well-received in the U.S. due to their competitive market advantages.

4. Chinese export of PV products to the U.S. does not cause injury to U.S. domestic industry
CCCME argued that falling photovoltaic cell and module prices in the U.S. are due to lower polysilicon prices, on the back of global oversupply. It also attributed such factors as thin film competition, and financial incentives to declining prices.
“Even if some European and U.S. PV companies, such as SolarWorld, are underperforming in some aspects, such underperformance has nothing to do with the exports of Chinese PV companies, but instead is because of their misjudgment of the growth opportunities in the market … These frustrated companies should revisit and adjust their own business strategies, elevate their production and management levels, and meet the consumer’s demand in a better way,” it went on to assert.

5. U.S. PV industries strongly oppose the petition by SolarWorld
The unnamed petitioners were slammed under this point for not identifying themselves, while SolarWorld was accused of not being an indigenous U.S. company. “U.S. PV industries have greatly benefited from Chinese PV cell and module exports to the U.S., and therefore strongly oppose the petition by SolarWorld,” said CCCME, adding, “Chinese PV companies herby avow that their fight in the investigations is directed against the few petitioners led by SolarWorld only, not the entire U.S. PV industry.”

6. Chinese PV companies take confidence in vigorously defending themselves in the investigations
CCCME said China can view the petition as a positive sign of its competitive strength, since the investigation is being launched now, and not a few years ago, when the country was only involved in exporting “small” volumes of solar products.
It added, “The underlying reason for the commercial success of Chinese PV companies in the U.S. is their competitive advantages on the market, not low-price dumping or government subsidies.”

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