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Document 32017R1497

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1497 of 23 August 2017 withdrawing the acceptance of the undertaking for one exporting producer under Implementing Decision 2013/707/EU confirming the acceptance of an undertaking offered in connection with the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings concerning imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) originating in or consigned from the People's Republic of China for the period of application of definitive measures

C/2017/5714

OJ L 218, 24.8.2017, p. 10–18 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2017/1497/oj

24.8.2017   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 218/10


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2017/1497

of 23 August 2017

withdrawing the acceptance of the undertaking for one exporting producer under Implementing Decision 2013/707/EU confirming the acceptance of an undertaking offered in connection with the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings concerning imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) originating in or consigned from the People's Republic of China for the period of application of definitive measures

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘the Treaty’),

Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Union (1) (‘the basic anti-dumping Regulation’), and in particular Article 8 thereof,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on protection against subsidised imports from countries not members of the European Union (2) (‘the basic anti-subsidy Regulation’), and in particular Article 13 thereof,

Informing the Member States,

Whereas:

A.   UNDERTAKING AND OTHER EXISTING MEASURES

(1)

By Regulation (EU) No 513/2013 (3), the European Commission (‘the Commission’) imposed a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports into the European Union (‘the Union’) of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules (‘modules’) and key components (i.e. cells and wafers) originating in or consigned from the People's Republic of China (‘the PRC’).

(2)

A group of exporting producers gave a mandate to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (‘CCCME’) to submit a price undertaking on their behalf to the Commission, which they did. It is clear from the terms of that price undertaking that it constitutes a bundle of individual price undertakings for each exporting producer, which is, for reasons of practicality of administration, coordinated by the CCCME.

(3)

By Decision 2013/423/EU (4), the Commission accepted that price undertaking with regard to the provisional anti-dumping duty. By Regulation (EU) No 748/2013 (5), the Commission amended Regulation (EU) No 513/2013 to introduce the technical changes necessary due to the acceptance of the undertaking with regard to the provisional anti-dumping duty.

(4)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1238/2013 (6), the Council imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports into the Union of modules and cells originating in or consigned from the PRC (‘the products concerned’). By Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1239/2013 (7), the Council also imposed a definitive countervailing duty on imports into the Union of the products concerned.

Following the notification of an amended version of the price undertaking by a group of exporting producers (‘the exporting producers’) together with the CCCME, the Commission confirmed by Implementing Decision 2013/707/EU (8) the acceptance of the price undertaking as amended (‘the undertaking’) for the period of application of definitive measures. The Annex to this Decision lists the group of exporting producers for whom the undertaking was accepted by, inter alia, Shanghai Shenzhou New Energy Development Co. Ltd (‘Shanghai Shenzhou’), together with its related companies in the PRC (that is, Shanghai Solar Energy S&T Co. Ltd and Lianyungang Shenzhou New Energy Co. Ltd), jointly covered by the TARIC additional code: B875.

(5)

By Implementing Decision 2014/657/EU (9), the Commission accepted a proposal by the group of exporting producers together with the CCCME for clarifications concerning the implementation of the undertaking for the products concerned covered by the undertaking, that is, modules and cells originating in or consigned from the PRC, currently falling within CN code ex 8541 40 90 (TARIC codes 8541409021, 8541409029, 8541409031 and 8541409039) produced by the group of exporting producers (‘product covered’). The anti-dumping and countervailing duties referred to in recital 4 above, together with the undertaking, are jointly referred to thereafter as ‘measures’.

(6)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/866 (10), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for three exporting producers.

(7)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1403 (11), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for another exporting producer.

(8)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2018 (12), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for two exporting producers.

(9)

The Commission initiated an expiry review investigation of the anti-dumping measures by a Notice of Initiation published in the Official Journal of the European Union  (13) on 5 December 2015.

(10)

The Commission initiated an expiry review investigation of the countervailing measures by a Notice of Initiation published in the Official Journal of the European Union  (14) on 5 December 2015.

(11)

The Commission also initiated a partial interim review of the anti-dumping and countervailing measures by a Notice of Initiation published in the Official Journal of the European Union  (15) on 5 December 2015.

(12)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/115 (16), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for another exporting producer.

(13)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/185 (17), the Commission extended the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1238/2013 on imports of the products concerned originating in or consigned from the People's Republic of China to imports of the product concerned consigned from Malaysia and Taiwan, whether declared as originating in Malaysia and in Taiwan or not.

(14)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/184 (18), the Commission extended the definitive countervailing duty imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1239/2013 on imports of the products concerned originating in or consigned from the People's Republic of China to imports of the product concerned consigned from Malaysia and Taiwan, whether declared as originating in Malaysia and in Taiwan or not.

(15)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1045 (19), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for another exporting producer.

(16)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1382 (20), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for another five exporting producers.

(17)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1402 (21), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for another three exporting producers.

(18)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1998 (22), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for another five exporting producers.

(19)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/2146 (23), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for another two exporting producers.

(20)

Following the expiry and interim reviews referred to in recitals 9 to 11, the Commission maintained the measures in force by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/366 (24) and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/367 (25).

(21)

The Commission also initiated a partial interim review on the form of measures by a Notice of Initiation published in the Official Journal of the European Union  (26) on 3 March 2017.

(22)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/454 (27), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for four exporting producers.

(23)

By Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/615 (28), the Commission accepted a proposal by a group of exporting producers together with the CCCME concerning the implementation of the undertaking.

(24)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/941 (29), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for two exporting producers.

(25)

By Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1408 (30), the Commission withdrew the acceptance of the undertaking for two exporting producers.

B.   TERMS OF THE UNDERTAKING AND VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL BY SHANGHAI SHENZHOU

(26)

As per the text of the undertaking, any exporting producer may voluntarily withdraw its agreement to the undertaking at any time during its application.

(27)

Shanghai Shenzhou notified the Commission in June 2017 that it wished to withdraw its agreement thereto on its own behalf as well as on behalf of the related companies listed in recital 4 above.

C.   WITHDRAWAL OF THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE UNDERTAKING AND IMPOSITIONS OF DEFINITIVE DUTIES

(28)

Therefore, in accordance with Article 8(9) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation, Article 13(9) of the basic anti-subsidy Regulation and with the terms of the undertaking, the Commission concluded that the acceptance of the undertaking for Shanghai Shenzhou and the related companies listed in recital 4 should be withdrawn.

(29)

Accordingly, pursuant to Article 8(9) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation and Article 13(9) of the basic anti-subsidy Regulation, the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Article 1 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/367 and the definitive countervailing duty imposed by Article 1 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/366 automatically apply to imports of the product concerned originating in or consigned from the PRC and produced by Shanghai Shenzhou and the related companies listed in recital 4 above (jointly covered by TARIC additional code B875) as of the day of entry into force of this Regulation.

(30)

For those imports cleared before the date of entry into force of this Regulation, the rules applicable to the undertaking should be respected. Accordingly, the Commission recalls that where the customs authorities of the Member States have indications that the price presented on an undertaking invoice does not correspond to the price actually paid, they should investigate whether the requirement to include any rebates in the undertaking invoices has been violated or the MIP has not been respected. Where customs authorities of the Member States conclude that there has been such a violation or whether the MIP has not been respected, they should collect the duties as a consequence thereof. In order to facilitate, on the basis of Article 4(3) of the Treaty, the work of the customs authorities of the Member States, the Commission should share in such situations the confidential text and other information of the undertaking for the sole purpose of national proceedings.

(31)

Finally, the Commission observes that the acceptance of the voluntary withdrawal is without prejudice to the power conferred upon the Commission by Article 3(2)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1238/2013, Article 2(2)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/367, Article 2(2)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1239/2013 and Article 2(2)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/366 to cancel undertaking invoices that have been issued prior to the acceptance of the voluntary withdrawal, where the Commission becomes aware of facts justifying such a cancellation.

(32)

For information purposes, the table in Annex to this Regulation lists the exporting producers for whom the acceptance of the undertaking by Implementing Decision 2013/707/EU is not affected,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Acceptance of the undertaking in relation to the following companies is hereby withdrawn:

Name of the company

TARIC additional code

Shanghai Shenzhou New Energy Development Co. Ltd

Shanghai Solar Energy S&T Co. Ltd

Lianyungang Shenzhou New Energy Co. Ltd

B875

Article 2

1.   Where customs authorities have indications that the price presented on an undertaking invoice pursuant to Article 3(1)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1238/2013, Article 2(1)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/367, Article 2(1)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1239/2013 and Article 2(1)(b) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/366 issued by one of the companies from which the undertaking was initially accepted by Implementing Decision 2013/707/EU does not correspond to the price paid and that therefore those companies may have violated the undertaking, the customs authorities may, if necessary for the purpose of conducting national proceedings, request the Commission to disclose to them a copy of the undertaking and other information in order to verify the applicable minimum import price (‘MIP’) on the day when the undertaking invoice was issued.

2.   Where that verification reveals that the price paid is lower than the MIP, the duties due as a consequence under Article 8(9) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 and Article 13(9) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 shall be collected. Where that verification reveals that discounts and rebates have not been included in the commercial invoice, the duties due as a consequence under Article 3(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1238/2013, Article 2(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/367, Article 2(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1239/2013 and Article 2(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/366 shall be collected.

3.   The information in accordance with paragraph 1 may only be used for the purpose of enforcement of duties due under Article 3(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1238/2013, Article 2(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/367, Article 2(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1239/2013 and Article 2(2)(a) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/366. In this context, customs authorities of the Member States may provide the debtor of those duties with this information for the sole purpose of safeguarding their rights of defence. Such information may under no circumstances be disclosed to third parties.

Article 3

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 23 August 2017.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 176, 30.6.2016, p. 21.

(2)  OJ L 176, 30.6.2016, p. 55.

(3)  OJ L 152, 5.6.2013, p. 5.

(4)  OJ L 209, 3.8.2013, p. 26.

(5)  OJ L 209, 3.8.2013, p. 1.

(6)  OJ L 325, 5.12.2013, p. 1.

(7)  OJ L 325, 5.12.2013, p. 66.

(8)  OJ L 325, 5.12.2013, p. 214.

(9)  OJ L 270, 11.9.2014, p. 6.

(10)  OJ L 139, 5.6.2015, p. 30.

(11)  OJ L 218, 19.8.2015, p. 1.

(12)  OJ L 295, 12.11.2015, p. 23.

(13)  OJ C 405, 5.12.2015, p. 8.

(14)  OJ C 405, 5.12.2015, p. 20.

(15)  OJ C 405, 5.12.2015, p. 33.

(16)  OJ L 23, 29.1.2016, p. 47.

(17)  OJ L 37, 12.2.2016, p. 76.

(18)  OJ L 37, 12.2.2016, p. 56.

(19)  OJ L 170, 29.6.2016, p. 5.

(20)  OJ L 222, 17.8.2016, p. 10.

(21)  OJ L 228, 23.8.2016, p. 16.

(22)  OJ L 308, 16.11.2016, p. 8.

(23)  OJ L 333, 8.12.2016, p. 4.

(24)  OJ L 56, 3.3.2017, p. 1.

(25)  OJ L 56, 3.3.2017, p. 131.

(26)  OJ C 67, 3.3.2017, p. 16.

(27)  OJ L 71, 16.3.2017, p. 5.

(28)  OJ L 86, 31.3.2017, p. 14.

(29)  OJ L 142, 2.6.2017, p. 43.

(30)  OJ L 201, 2.8.2017, p. 3.


ANNEX

List of companies:

Name of the company

TARIC additional code

Jiangsu Aide Solar Energy Technology Co. Ltd

B798

Alternative Energy (AE) Solar Co. Ltd

B799

Anhui Chaoqun Power Co. Ltd

B800

Anji DaSol Solar Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd

B802

Anhui Schutten Solar Energy Co. Ltd

Quanjiao Jingkun Trade Co. Ltd

B801

Anhui Titan PV Co. Ltd

B803

Xi'an SunOasis (Prime) Company Limited

TBEA SOLAR CO. LTD

XINJIANG SANG'O SOLAR EQUIPMENT

B804

Changzhou NESL Solartech Co. Ltd

B806

Changzhou Shangyou Lianyi Electronic Co. Ltd

B807

CHINALAND SOLAR ENERGY CO. LTD

B808

ChangZhou EGing Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

B811

CIXI CITY RIXING ELECTRONICS CO. LTD

ANHUI RINENG ZHONGTIAN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD

HUOSHAN KEBO ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD

B812

CSG PVtech Co. Ltd

B814

China Sunergy (Nanjing) Co. Ltd

CEEG Nanjing Renewable Energy Co. Ltd

CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science Technology Co. Ltd

China Sunergy (Yangzhou) Co. Ltd

China Sunergy (Shanghai) Co. Ltd

B809

Dongfang Electric (Yixing) MAGI Solar Power Technology Co. Ltd

B816

EOPLLY New Energy Technology Co. Ltd

SHANGHAI EBEST SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD

JIANGSU EOPLLY IMPORT & EXPORT CO. LTD

B817

Zheijiang Era Solar Co. Ltd

B818

GD Solar Co. Ltd

B820

Greenway Solar-Tech (Shanghai) Co. Ltd

Greenway Solar-Tech (Huaian) Co. Ltd

B821

Guodian Jintech Solar Energy Co. Ltd

B822

Hangzhou Bluesun New Material Co. Ltd

B824

Hanwha SolarOne (Qidong) Co. Ltd

B826

Hengdian Group DMEGC Magnetics Co. Ltd

B827

HENGJI PV-TECH ENERGY CO. LTD

B828

Himin Clean Energy Holdings Co. Ltd

B829

Jiangsu Green Power PV Co. Ltd

B831

Jiangsu Hosun Solar Power Co. Ltd

B832

Jiangsu Jiasheng Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

B833

Jiangsu Runda PV Co. Ltd

B834

Jiangsu Sainty Photovoltaic Systems Co. Ltd

Jiangsu Sainty Machinery Imp. And Exp. Corp. Ltd

B835

Jiangsu Shunfeng Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

Changzhou Shunfeng Photovoltaic Materials Co. Ltd

Jiangsu Shunfeng Photovoltaic Electronic Power Co. Ltd

B837

Jiangsu Sinski PV Co. Ltd

B838

Jiangsu Sunlink PV Technology Co. Ltd

B839

Jiangsu Zhongchao Solar Technology Co. Ltd

B840

Jiangxi Risun Solar Energy Co. Ltd

B841

Jiangxi LDK Solar Hi-Tech Co. Ltd

LDK Solar Hi-Tech (Nanchang) Co. Ltd

LDK Solar Hi-Tech (Suzhou) Co. Ltd

B793

Jiangyin Shine Science and Technology Co. Ltd

B843

Jinzhou Yangguang Energy Co. Ltd

Jinzhou Huachang Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

Jinzhou Jinmao Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

Jinzhou Rixin Silicon Materials Co. Ltd

Jinzhou Youhua Silicon Materials Co. Ltd

B795

Juli New Energy Co. Ltd

B846

Jumao Photonic (Xiamen) Co. Ltd

B847

King-PV Technology Co. Ltd

B848

Kinve Solar Power Co. Ltd (Maanshan)

B849

Lightway Green New Energy Co. Ltd

Lightway Green New Energy(Zhuozhou) Co. Ltd

B851

Nanjing Daqo New Energy Co. Ltd

B853

NICE SUN PV CO. LTD

LEVO SOLAR TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD

B854

Ningbo Jinshi Solar Electrical Science & Technology Co. Ltd

B857

Ningbo Komaes Solar Technology Co. Ltd

B858

Ningbo South New Energy Technology Co. Ltd

B861

Ningbo Sunbe Electric Ind Co. Ltd

B862

Ningbo Ulica Solar Science & Technology Co. Ltd

B863

Perfectenergy (Shanghai) Co. Ltd

B864

Perlight Solar Co. Ltd

B865

SHANGHAI ALEX SOLAR ENERGY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD

SHANGHAI ALEX NEW ENERGY CO. LTD

B870

Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd

B872

Propsolar (Zhejiang) New Energy Technology Co. Ltd

Shanghai Propsolar New Energy Co. Ltd

B873

SHANGHAI SHANGHONG ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD

B874

Shanghai ST Solar Co. Ltd

Jiangsu ST Solar Co. Ltd

B876

Shenzhen Sacred Industry Co. Ltd

B878

Sopray Energy Co. Ltd

Shanghai Sopray New Energy Co. Ltd

B881

SUN EARTH SOLAR POWER CO. LTD

NINGBO SUN EARTH SOLAR POWER CO. LTD

Ningbo Sun Earth Solar Energy Co. Ltd

B882

SUZHOU SHENGLONG PV-TECH CO. LTD

B883

TDG Holding Co. Ltd

B884

Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co. Ltd

Tianwei New Energy (Chengdu) PV Module Co. Ltd

Tianwei New Energy (Yangzhou) Co. Ltd

B885

Wenzhou Jingri Electrical and Mechanical Co. Ltd

B886

Shanghai Topsolar Green Energy Co. Ltd

B877

Shenzhen Sungold Solar Co. Ltd

B879

Wuhu Zhongfu PV Co. Ltd

B889

Wuxi Saijing Solar Co. Ltd

B890

Wuxi Shangpin Solar Energy Science and Technology Co. Ltd

B891

Wuxi Solar Innova PV Co. Ltd

B892

Wuxi Taichang Electronic Co. Ltd

China Machinery Engineering Wuxi Co.Ltd

Wuxi Taichen Machinery & Equipment Co. Ltd

B893

Xi'an Huanghe Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

State-run Huanghe Machine-Building Factory Import and Export Corporation

Shanghai Huanghe Fengjia Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

B896

Yuhuan Sinosola Science & Technology Co. Ltd

B900

Zhangjiagang City SEG PV Co. Ltd

B902

Zhejiang Fengsheng Electrical Co. Ltd

B903

Zhejiang Global Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

B904

Zhejiang Heda Solar Technology Co. Ltd

B905

Zhejiang Jiutai New Energy Co. Ltd

Zhejiang Topoint Photovoltaic Co. Ltd

B906

Zhejiang Kingdom Solar Energy Technic Co. Ltd

B907

Zhejiang Koly Energy Co. Ltd

B908

Zhejiang Mega Solar Energy Co. Ltd

Zhejiang Fortune Photovoltaic Co. Ltd

B910

Zhejiang Shuqimeng Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

B911

Zhejiang Shinew Photoelectronic Technology Co. Ltd

B912

Zhejiang Sunflower Light Energy Science & Technology Limited Liability Company

Zhejiang Yauchong Light Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd

B914

Zhejiang Sunrupu New Energy Co. Ltd

B915

Zhejiang Tianming Solar Technology Co. Ltd

B916

Zhejiang Trunsun Solar Co. Ltd

Zhejiang Beyondsun PV Co. Ltd

B917

Zhejiang Wanxiang Solar Co. Ltd

WANXIANG IMPORT & EXPORT CO LTD

B918

ZHEJIANG YUANZHONG SOLAR CO. LTD

B920


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