October 10, 2012

Wyden statement on Commerce Department’s Chinese solar panel enforcement decision

Washington, D.C. – U. S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued a statement following the U.S. Commerce Department’s decision on counteracting illegal trade practices by Chinese solar panel manufacturers:

“I am glad the administration intends to act against cheating by Chinese solar producers, but fear today’s ruling leaves a loophole that will enable these companies to sidestep the impacts. That gap exempts panels from tariffs when only a small portion of panels is made outside of China,” Senator Wyden said.

“This decision leaves a lot more to do.  As Chairman of the Finance subcommittee on Trade, I will be monitoring the impact of this determination closely and will pursue additional measures if necessary to protect American manufacturers and workers from Oregon and around the country from China’s unfair trade practices.”