US-China trade talks in focus after duties on EU polysilicon expire

Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) of China, press conference on February 9, 2017
The duties on polysilicon from the EU, which the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has terminated, were only symbolic – Image: Mofcom

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) announced on October 31 that the duties on polysilicon imports from the European Union (EU) into China have been terminated.

A machine translation of the announcement is available in our collection of PDF Articles.

As with previous rulings, Mofcom mirrored a decision of the EU regarding duties on solar cells and modules from China, which expired on September 3. However, the Chinese duties on polysilicon imports from the EU never had practical relevance as Wacker, the only European importer, remained exempt by closing a minimum price agreement with Mofcom.

Because there has not been any such agreement for polysilicon imports from the USA, the focus is now on new trade negotiations. Bloomberg reports that U.S. President Trump has asked government staff to draw up a potential deal with China.

Yet, it remains doubtful if China is interested in allowing more polysilicon imports while its industry is adding 250,000 metric tons of new capacity in 2018/2019.

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