US trade panel finds harm from China solar panels

US trade panel finds harm from China solar panels

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A photo taken on October 22, 2012 shows panels of a photovoltaic power station installed on the roof of a building in the new Clichy-Batignolles district in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal trade panel has found that imports of Chinese solar panels harm the U.S. solar industry.

   Wednesday's unanimous vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission means steep tariffs imposed on China by the Obama administration in October will stand. It's the last step in a sweeping trade case that's gone on for more than a year.

   A group of U.S. manufacturers complained that China's government is subsidizing companies that are flooding the U.S. market with low-cost products. The Commerce Department agreed, and imposed tariffs last month of up to nearly 250 percent on Chinese companies.

   The case has aggravated already tense trade relations with China. It's also caused a rift in the U.S. between manufacturers and solar panel installers, who stand to gain from low-cost products.
 

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