Wind tower exports from China & Vietnam must pay tariffs

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) said Chinese and Vietnamese wind tower manufacturers have been selling them at less than fair value and must pay tariffs.

The mandatory respondents in the China investigation, Chengxi Shipyard Co. Ltd and Titan Wind Energy (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. must pay tariffs of 30.93 percent and 20.85 percent, respectively. Three other exporters qualified for a separate rate of 26.25 percent, and all other producers and exporters received a preliminary dumping margin of 72.69 percent. Commerce said in its preliminary determination on duties in May that Titan Wind Energy received countervailing subsidies from the Chinese government at the rate of 26 percent, and all other imports was 19.87 percent.

CS Wind Corp. and CS Wind Vietnam Co. Lts. Received a preliminary dumping margin of 52.67 percent. All other Vietnamese producers and exporters received a preliminary dumping margin of 59.91 percent.

Excluded from the investigation are nacelles and rotor blades, regardless of whether they are attached to the wind tower, and any internal or external components that are not attached to the wind towers or sections thereof.

The petitioner for the investigations is the Wind Tower Trade Coalition, which is comprised of Broadwind Towers Inc. of Wisconsin, DMI Industries of North Dakota, Katana Summit LLC of Nebraska and Trinity Structural Towers Inc. of Texas.

Commerce said it would make its final determination for China and Vietnam in December 2012, and the ITC will make its final determinations in February 2013.

Click here to read a factsheet on Commerce’s decision

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