SolarWorld Pushes Back On SEIA Plan To End U.S.-China Solar Trade Dispute


Gordon Brinser, president of manufacturing for SolarWorld Industries America Inc., says that while he appreciates the efforts of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to resolve the solar trade dispute between the U.S. and China, he is skeptical it will have the desired effect.

‘Fair trade requires that all parties play by the rules. And we do not trust those who support illegal Chinese imports to negotiate an outcome that protects SolarWorld's ability to enter its fourth decade of U.S. solar manufacturing,’ Brinser says in a statement that also had the support of the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, a trade group supportive of a tough approach to trade with China.

Brinser continues: ‘SolarWorld fought and won trade cases against dumped and subsidized Chinese products only to see Chinese companies use any and all means to circumvent the orders and avoid the lawful payment of anti-dumping and countervailing duties. These trade orders against China will be in place for years to come. We have no intention of giving them up unless and until China's unfair trade practices are stopped.’

For its part, SEIA says it has gotten a positive response to its proposal from U.S. lawmakers, including Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., and U.S. Sens. Patty Murray D-Wash.; Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Max Baucus D-Mont.; and John Tester D-Mont.

‘Support for our proposal is gaining momentum,’ says SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch in a statement.

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