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U.S. solar group seeking tariffs refuses to reveal its members

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Oct 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. solar group seeking import tariffs on panels made by Chinese firms in Southeast Asia has refused a request by federal commerce officers to reveal its members’ identities, citing fears of retaliation by Beijing, in accordance to a doc the group filed with the Commerce Department on Wednesday.

The submitting by the group American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC) is the newest improvement in a long-running conflict between the small U.S. home solar manufacturing trade and a a lot bigger contingent of U.S. solar venture builders over Asian imports.

U.S. producers are keen to stamp out low-priced overseas competitors, whereas installers rely closely on low-cost imports to make their companies worthwhile.

The home group in August requested the Commerce Department to examine whether or not imports from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have been unfair, arguing that Chinese firms had shifted manufacturing to these nations in recent times to keep away from current U.S. duties on solar cells and panels made in China.

Late final month, the Commerce Department deferred a call on the request and requested the group to establish its members.

In its response to the division, the group refused and argued that figuring out its members might expose them to retribution from the Chinese trade, which dominates the worldwide solar provide chain and will minimize off provides of important solar panel elements like polysilicon.

“Affording confidential treatment to the members of A-SMACC is the only way these U.S. companies can protect their vital business interests while seeking their statutory right to request protection from unfair trade practices,” the submitting stated.

U.S. solar venture builders, which make up a lot of the home trade, have lobbied forcefully towards new tariffs, saying they’d cripple a sector that’s important to assembly the Biden administration’s local weather targets.

Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Jan Harvey

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