Accept Refuse

EUR-Lex Access to European Union law

Back to EUR-Lex homepage

This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website

Document 32013D0707

(2013/707/EU): Commission Implementing Decision of 4 December 2013 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

OJ L 325, 5.12.2013, p. 214–223 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 30/09/2017; Repealed by 32017R1570 . Latest consolidated version: 01/07/2016

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2013/707/oj

5.12.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 325/214


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION

of 4 December 2013

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

(2013/707/EU)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

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

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 of 30 November 2009 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Community (1) (‘the basic anti-dumping Regulation’), and in particular Articles 8 and 9 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 597/2009 of 11 June 2009 on protection against subsidized imports from countries not members of the European Community (2) (‘the basic anti-subsidy Regulation’), and in particular Articles 13 and 15 thereof

After consulting the Advisory Committee,

Whereas:

A.   PROCEDURE

1.   Provisional measures

(1)

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

(2)

The Commission, by Decision 2013/423/EU (4) accepted a price undertaking (‘the undertaking’) from a group of exporting producers together with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (‘CCCME’) with regards to the provisional duties. 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.

(3)

On 8 November 2012, the Commission initiated an anti-subsidy proceeding with regard to imports into the Union of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells and wafers) originating in the People's Republic of China (6).

2.   Subsequent procedure

(4)

Following the adoption of the provisional anti-dumping measures, the Commission continued the investigation of dumping, injury and Union interest, as well as the parallel anti-subsidy proceeding. Wafers have been excluded from the scope of both investigations, hence from the scope of the definitive measures.

(5)

The anti-dumping investigation confirmed the provisional findings of injurious dumping. The definitive findings of the investigation are set out in Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1238/13 (7) imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports into the Union of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) originating in or consigned from the PRC.

(6)

By Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1239/13 (8), the Council also imposed a definitive countervailing duty on crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) originating in or consigned from the PRC.

B.   UNDERTAKING AS AMENDED

1.   Amended undertaking offer

(7)

Subsequent to the definitive disclosure of the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy findings, the exporting producers together with the CCCME submitted a notification to amend their initial undertaking offer.

(8)

The exporting producers, together with the CCCME, within the deadline specified in Article 13(2) of the basic anti-subsidy Regulation, requested that the terms of the undertaking be accepted by the Commission to eliminate any injurious effects also of the subsidised imports.

(9)

In addition, a number of additional exporting producers, within the deadline stipulated in Article 8(2) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation and Article 13(2) of the basic anti-subsidy Regulation, requested to participate in the undertaking.

(10)

Furthermore, the CCCME and the exporting producers requested to revise the undertaking to take account of the exclusion of wafers from the scope of the investigation.

2.   Comments of interested parties

(11)

The undertaking offer as amended has been made available to interested parties. In the following the Commission addresses the main comments submitted by interested parties following the receipt of the undertaking offer.

2.1.   Access to confidential information

(12)

Numerous parties requested access to information on minimum import prices (‘MIP’), the annual level or in general different terms of the undertaking. One party complained that it was not timely informed about the initial undertaking offer. The Commission notes that the non-confidential version of the initial undertaking offer was included in the file open for inspection by interested parties directly upon its receipt as foreseen in Article 8(4) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation.

(13)

MIPs and annual level are subject to professional secrecy pursuant to Article 339 of the Treaty and confidential according to Articles 19 of the basic anti-dumping Regulation and Article 29 of the basic anti-subsidy Regulation. Therefore, in line with the Commission's practice, they are not disclosed to third parties. In the current case, upon parties' requests, the Commission requested CCCME whether some more information related to MIP and annual level could be disclosed. CCCME agreed to disclose an approximation of the MIP (defined as ‘below’ a specific value). Interested parties could consult that information on the non-confidential file. The Commission considers that such information, in this specific case, strikes an appropriate balance between the requirements of confidentiality and right of defence.

(14)

The Commission has also considered the requests relating to different terms of the undertaking. It has come to the conclusion that by revealing the information requested, it would increase the risk of price manipulation and gaming on the market for solar panels. In order not to unduly distort the functioning of the market for solar panels, the Commission considers that the information requested should not be available to buyers and competitors of the companies that have offered the undertaking. Those considerations apply as well to MIP and annual level, which should not be disclosed at a greater level of detail.

2.2.   Transition period

(15)

One interested party requested the Commission to allow for a transition period (and exemption from anti-dumping duties) when goods were ordered prior to the entry into force of the undertaking but presented for customs clearance after that date without an undertaking invoice. In order to be exempted from anti-dumping duties, goods presented for customs clearance have to fulfil the conditions set out in the Regulation (EU) No 748/2013. The argument therefore has to be rejected.

3.   Evaluation of the undertaking offer as amended

(16)

The Commission evaluated the undertaking offer as amended. First, it noted that the technical revision of the undertaking is necessary to reflect the definitive findings of the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations (i.e. the exclusion of wafers from the scope of the investigation).

(17)

Second, the Commission concluded that, based on the investigation period data, the trade volume of the additional companies in total Chinese exports to the EU is very limited and thus does not change the Commission's provisional assessment that the undertaking removes the injurious effect of dumping, with the MIP and within the annual level as initially offered.

(18)

The Commission also assessed whether the inclusion of the additional exporting producers would be likely to jeopardize the effective monitoring of the undertaking or to increase the risk of circumvention. In this context, the Commission noted that the CCCME demonstrated its active role in the practical implementation of the undertaking. In addition, the inclusion of the additional exporting producers will not change the terms of the undertaking. Therefore, the Commission concluded that the inclusion of the additional producers does not alter its initial findings on the effective monitoring of the undertaking and on the limited risk of circumvention.

(19)

Third, anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations were carried out in parallel in the current case. As per the lesser duty a rule, a definitive countervailing duty rate was set at the level of the subsidy margin and a definitive anti-dumping duty at the injury elimination level. Hence, the combined anti-dumping and countervailing duty rate will be equal to the injury elimination level (countervailing duty topped-up with anti-dumping duty up to injury elimination level). Therefore, the Commission concluded that the undertaking still removes the injurious effects of both dumping and subsidization, thereby no change to the MIP is needed.

(20)

Fourth, one party contested the fact that the Commission had relied in Decision 2013/423/EU on post-IP data in order to assess whether the undertaking removed the injurious effect of dumping, relying on Article 6(1) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation and Article 11(1) of the basic anti-subsidy Regulation. Article 6(1) of the basic anti-dumping Regulation stipulates that ‘information relating to a period subsequent to the investigation period shall, normally [emphasis added], not be taken into account.’ Similar wording can be found in Article 11(1) last sentence of the basic anti-subsidy Regulation. Recital 3 of Decision 2013/423/EU sets out the circumstances which led the Commission to rely on post-IP data in the present case. The party has not contested the factual accurateness of those circumstances. The argument is therefore rejected.

(21)

Fifth, the undertaking ensures stability of supply for the Union at a sustainable price level. Therefore, there are no reasons of general policy for not accepting the undertaking.

(22)

One party has considered that the MIP is set too high, one party has considered that it is set too low. As set out in recital 7 of Decision 2013/423/EU, in order to assess whether that price undertaking removes the injurious effect of dumping, the Commission has analysed, inter alia, the current export prices and the level of provisional duty. After having analysed the additional information provided by parties, the information available on the current and expected evolution of production costs, and price developments since the adoption of Decision 2013/423/EU, the Commission confirms the finding in recital 7 of Decision 2013/423/EU.

(23)

In the absence of other comments, the findings in recitals 3 to 9 of Decision 2013/423/EU, as complemented by the findings set out above in recitals 16 to 22 are confirmed.

4.   Changes in companies' names and changes to the list of related companies in the EU

(24)

The inclusion of new companies in the undertaking triggers changes to the list of related companies in the EU as submitted in the initial undertaking offer. In addition, one exporting producer requested inclusion of a new related company in the EU to replace another company.

(25)

Finally, one company changed its name.

C.   ACCEPTANCE OF THE UNDERTAKING AS AMENDED

(26)

In the view of the above, the undertaking as amended is acceptable. Interested parties have been informed of the essential facts, considerations and obligations upon which the acceptance is based. The Commission did not receive any comments.

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The undertaking offered by the exporting producers listed in the Annex of this Decision together with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME), 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, is hereby accepted.

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on 6 December 2013.

Done at Brussels, 4 December 2013.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO


(1)  OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 51.

(2)  OJ L 188, 18.7.2009, p. 93.

(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 C 340, 8.11.2012, p. 13.

(7)  See page 1 of this Official Journal.

(8)  See page 66 of this Official Journal.


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

CSI Solar Power (China) Inc.

Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu) Inc.

Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang) Inc.

CSI Cells Co. Ltd

B805

Changzhou NESL Solartech Co. Ltd

B806

Changzhou Shangyou Lianyi Electronic Co. Ltd

B807

Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co. Ltd

Trina Solar (Changzhou) Science & Technology Co. Ltd

Changzhou Youze Technology Co. Ltd

Trina Solar Energy (Shanghai) Co. Ltd

Yancheng Trina Solar Energy Technology Co. Ltd

B791

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

CNPV Dongying Solar Power Co. Ltd

B813

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

Chint Solar (Zhejiang) Co. Ltd

B810

Delsolar (Wujiang) Ltd

B792

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

Era Solar Co. Ltd

B818

ET Solar Industry Limited

ET Energy Co. Ltd

B819

GD Solar Co. Ltd

B820

Greenway Solar-Tech (Shanghai) Co. Ltd

Greenway Solar-Tech (Huaian) Co. Ltd

B821

Konca Solar Cell Co. Ltd

Suzhou GCL Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

Jiangsu GCL Silicon Material Technology Development Co. Ltd

Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development Co. Ltd

GCL-Poly (Suzhou) Energy Limited

GCL-Poly Solar Power System Integration (Taicang) Co. Ltd

GCL SOLAR POWER (SUZHOU) LIMITED

GCL Solar System (Suzhou) Limited

B850

Guodian Jintech Solar Energy Co. Ltd

B822

Hangzhou Bluesun New Material Technology Co. Ltd

B824

Hangzhou Zhejiang University Sunny Energy Science and Technology Co. Ltd

Zhejiang Jinbest Energy Science and Technology Co. Ltd

B825

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

Jetion Solar (China) Co. Ltd

Junfeng Solar (Jiangsu) Co. Ltd

Jetion Solar (Jiangyin) Co. Ltd

B830

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 Seraphim Solar System Co. Ltd

B836

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 Hareon Power Co. Ltd

Hareon Solar Technology Co. Ltd

Taicang Hareon Solar Co. Ltd

Hefei Hareon Solar Technology Co. Ltd

Jiangyin Xinhui Solar Energy Co. Ltd

Altusvia Energy (Taicang) Co. Ltd

B842

Jiangyin Shine Science and Technology Co. Ltd

B843

JingAo Solar Co.Ltd

Shanghai JA Solar Technology Co. Ltd

JA Solar Technology Yangzhou Co. Ltd

Hefei JA Solar Technology Co. Ltd

Shanghai JA Solar PV Technology Co. Ltd

B794

Jinko Solar Co. Ltd

Jinko Solar Import and Export Co. Ltd

ZHEJIANG JINKO SOLAR CO. LTD

ZHEJIANG JINKO SOLAR TRADING CO. LTD

B845

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

MOTECH (SUZHOU) RENEWABLE ENERGY CO. LTD

B852

Nanjing Daqo New Energy Co. Ltd

B853

NICE SUN PV CO. LTD

LEVO SOLAR TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD

B854

Ningbo Huashun Solar Energy Technology Co. Ltd

B856

Ningbo Jinshi Solar Electrical Science & Technology Co. Ltd

B857

Ningbo Komaes Solar Technology Co. Ltd

B858

Ningbo Osda Solar Co. Ltd

B859

Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance Co. Ltd

B860

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

Phono Solar Technology Co. Ltd

Sumec Hardware & Tools Co. Ltd

B866

RISEN ENERGY CO. LTD

B868

SHANDONG LINUO PHOTOVOLTAIC HI-TECH CO. LTD

B869

SHANGHAI ALEX SOLAR ENERGY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD

SHANGHAI ALEX NEW ENERGY CO. LTD

B870

Shanghai BYD Co. Ltd

BYD(Shangluo)Industrial Co.Ltd

B871

Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd

Shanghai Chaori International Trading 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 SOLAR ENERGY S&T CO. LTD

Shanghai Shenzhou New Energy Development Co. Ltd

Lianyungang Shenzhou New Energy Co. Ltd

B875

Shanghai ST-Solar Co. Ltd

Jiangsu ST-Solar Co. Ltd

B876

Shenzhen Sacred Industry Co. Ltd

B878

Shenzhen Topray Solar Co. Ltd

Shanxi Topray Solar Co. Ltd

Leshan Topray Cell Co. Ltd

B880

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 Suntech Power Co. Ltd

Suntech Power Co. Ltd

Wuxi Sunshine Power Co. Ltd

Luoyang Suntech Power Co. Ltd

Zhenjiang Rietech New Energy Science Technology Co. Ltd

Zhenjiang Ren De New Energy Science Technology Co. Ltd

B796

Wuxi Taichang Electronic Co. Ltd

Wuxi Machinery & Equipment Import & Export 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

Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials Corp.

Wuxi LONGi Silicon Materials Co. Ltd

B897

Years Solar Co. Ltd

B898

Yingli Energy (China) Co. Ltd

Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co. Ltd

Hainan Yingli New Energy Resources Co. Ltd

Hengshui Yingli New Energy Resources Co. Ltd

Tianjin Yingli New Energy Resources Co. Ltd

Lixian Yingli New Energy Resources Co. Ltd

Baoding Jiasheng Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

Beijing Tianneng Yingli New Energy Resources Co. Ltd

Yingli Energy (Beijing) Co. Ltd

B797

Yuhuan BLD Solar Technology Co. Ltd

Zhejiang BLD Solar Technology Co. Ltd

B899

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 Xiongtai Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd

B919

ZHEJIANG YUANZHONG SOLAR CO. LTD

B920

RENESOLA ZHEJIANG LTD

RENESOLA JIANGSU LTD

B921

Zhongli Talesun Solar Co. Ltd

B922

ZNSHINE PV-TECH CO. LTD

B923


Top