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Importing solar panels from Germany or Japan..?

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Posted by ken.solar on June 30, 2006, 12:23 am
I've never done this, but has anyone here, or does anyone here know
anyone who has ever imported solar panels from offshore before? We're
starting to run into a "shortage" of the modules in the US, not sure
why, but I think I need to start looking elsewhere.

I'm wondering on the ins and outs of this. Pluses and minuses of
bringing in container loads of international goods such as this.

If you've ever done this before, or know anyone who has, can you please
shed some light on it, and how one goes about doing it?? Please and
thanx :) -ken  (pleeeez contact me thru my website at
http://kensolar.com  thanx!)

Posted by KenSolar.com on June 30, 2006, 12:31 am
also, I need info on import fees, taxation, tarrifs etc if you know
anyone in this.. thanx! :)  -ken

ken.so...@gmail.com wrote:

Posted by <usenet2006 on June 30, 2006, 3:49 am
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ken.solar@gmail.com says...

Contact your countries customs agency, and tell them specifically
what you want to bring in.  They may have some literature or Web
site info.

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Posted by Landline on June 30, 2006, 4:23 am
 Perhaps you should think about China, Thailand and Spain

Looks like you have some homework to do :)


Posted by eyes on July 1, 2006, 10:59 pm
 I recommend that you forget about importing modules from Germany or Japan.
First,  both countries have raging incentive programs and product supply
shortages of their own.  Second,  the currency exchange will kill you.
Third,  modules imported from either country are unlikely to have UL
listing,  unless the modules were heading in this direction already.

An easier solution might be to buy product from one of the smaller module
makers that are looking for market share here in the US.  If you want
smaller quantities of modules I recommend buying through a distributor like
AEE Solar,  Global Resource Options,  Sunwize or DC Power Systems.  Most of
these folks are open to new opportunities.    If you want to take a stab at
a container  you can drop me a direct email and I will see what I can do to
assist you next week.


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