Solar Industry Groups Seek Pact to Settle Trade Disputes

May 20, 2013

An international group of solar industry trade associations meeting in Shanghai last week has issued a joint declaration appealing to China, the European Union and the United States to avert a trade war and negotiate a settlement to disputes over solar panels, according to one person who attended the meeting.

The groups also urged the creation of a permanent intergovernmental committee, modeled on one for the semiconductor industry, to address solar competitiveness issues.

The appeal comes amid rising tension over E.U. and U.S. tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels. The United States imposed tariffs last year, and the E.U. recently imposed provisional duties averaging 47 percent on imports of Chinese-made solar panels.

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