SEIA appeals for negotiated solution to the US-China solar trade war. “The ongoing U.S.-China solar PV trade war continues this week, with China finalizing its tariffs and duties against U.S. polysilicon suppliers, after SolarWorld launched another volley to further tighten tariff definitions against China.” 
“And moving further to the middle of the table is the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) with new proposals of its own.
China’s newly finalized tariffs on polysilicon are the same as proposed last summer: antidumping penalty of 53-57 percent on a roster of US suppliers, and 2-49 percent on a smaller list of South Korean suppliers, all in effect for five years starting Jan. 20. New countervailing duties are a bit lower than the 6.5 percent proposed last September. These are seen as retaliation against the U.S.’ decision in 2012 to impose of antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese solar cells and modules.
….China’s new tariffs on U.S. solar polysilicon are one of two new additions to the U.S.-China solar trade saga. On December 31, SolarWorld opened another petition seeking to close a loophole in the earlier trade ruling by which Chinese solar PV companies can circumvent tariffs by having cells made elsewhere — say, Taiwan — to be reassembled back in China for export. An estimated 70 percent of U.S. imported Chinese modules incorporate Taiwan-made cells, according to Sun Guangbin, secretary-general for solar energy and photovoltaic products at the China Chamber of Commerce of Machinery and Electronic Products.
….In the middle of this debate is the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which originally in 2011 applauded the investigations as a “legitimate transparent mechanism” for resolution, and urged a rules-based trading system to resolve competitiveness issues. Gradually, though, SEIA’s message hasemphasized less litigation and more negotiation to find a common ground. This latest SolarWorld filing prompted the group to proclaim “more litigation is the wrong approach” after two years of growing escalation. “Pretty much the last thing we need now is additional litigation,” said Smirnow, during the SEIA Webinar. “We’re almost getting tired of saying [that] … now more than ever we really need to find a negotiated resolution where all key stakeholders try to find a way out of this.”
What SEIA now proposes is a settlement that includes an alternative to trade remedies: terminate all the AD/CVD orders on both sides, but charge a premium for Chinese solar products (lower than those potential tariffs on a per-Watt basis), with the money going into a new fund dedicated to supporting U.S. manufacturing and market development. Along with that would be the creation of a national solar development group to focus on and help manufacturers and grow that end of the market. On the negotiation front, SEIA wants to create a biannual or annual get-together to address and try to solve the competitiveness issues, using the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation as an example of how to achieve proactive consensus-based work. APEC’s decisions by consensus aren’t enforceable but they are often migrated into broader multilateral agreements.”