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Protecting US manufacturers more important than affordable solar energy? High import tariffs on solar cells

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Posted by g on May 18, 2012, 2:24 pm
Import fees up to 250 percent on Chinese solar cells.



Posted by danny burstein on May 18, 2012, 5:40 pm

If the Chinese want to subsidize my purchases of solar
cells, why is our gov't intervening?

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Posted by NotMe on May 18, 2012, 5:55 pm

It's a technology war.  Much like Wal Mart when the competition is gone the
prices go up ... way up.  Might note this is SOP for the Chinese for years
and the Japanese before them.

I expect the next set of low ball imports will be from Mexico where stuff
made elsewhere (China) does not need to be labeled.  In about six months
you'll be able to buy the same stuff but with the source listed as Mexico.

Posted by T. Keating on May 19, 2012, 8:19 am

from the referenced article.

"Suntech was told to pay 31.22 percent, Trina’s levies were set at
31.14 percent and 59 other Chinese companies were told to pay duties
of 31.18 percent. All other Chinese producers received a rate of
249.96 percent"

31 percent is not all that bad and it's only for the USA..  

Posted by Lu Wei on May 23, 2012, 1:47 pm
 On 2012-5-18 22:24, g wrote:


I understand the motive behind that, but the market is never single-sided.
The real problem (for US) is,  china has gained advantage in this
important area. Protective tariffs cannot change the situation, maybe
make it worse.

Lu Wei
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