Yes and until last year, the EU had a 30% tariff as well. But restrictions are restrictions.
Yes, as explained above, on panels under a certain price point considered below production costs.
Didn't you mention previously that consumers would be hurt and that is the overriding factor?
I do think it does hurt the consumer up and to the point where dumping occurs, I.e. sales below production cost. You knoe you can actually now get EU made panels at just these 56 ct? Competition ia good for the consumer, anti-dumping, but not anti-import, penalties keep competition at its max.
Maybe not you, but others who trash trump for what Obama and Europe did for years.
For the 3rd time, the EU does not have tariffs on imported solar panels, we have a minimum import price to prevent imports below manufactoring costs.
What you do is like me claiming the US has a 270% tariff on aircraft imports, when in fact that is only true for one aircraft considered to be sold below cost (and showing the same overreach at the expanse of the US consumer....)
There is only one reason Europe still restricts solar imports - to protect European business interests and the long-term interests of Europe. Period.
We just think longer term than you do. Due to market friendly policies our manufactors produce cheap enough to need to be banned from your market as well, because yours just truly lost their competitiveness due to protectionist anti-market, anti-consumer, anti-jobs, capital friendly policies.
And there is nothing wrong with that. Now, why is it so egregious for Trump to do the same?
Because they don't do the same.
And since we already have a history of this sort of nationalistic protectionism, where is the PROOF that previous and current tariffs and restrictions destroyed the solar industry when enacted? Something more than proclamations from trade associations please...
The simple fact that your solar industriy needs to be protected from ours in the socialist, super-business-unfriendly-it-will-wreck-the-economy-extensive-social-systems EU?
Haha, how long do you think that will last? Where did you get the idea that China is satisfied being your low-wage slave?
The moment they stop being cheaper the jobs are coming back all by itself. Seems to me like everybody should be looking forward to the day Chinese workers reach western wages.
Maybe your job is just shielded enough from global competition that you don't realize that Chinese workers being sick of being our low wage slaves is the least thing we have to worry about.
You realize those panels have a life span and will need to be replaced? Some much sooner than others? Many are already are and that Chinese company sourced panels are historically the worst in that regard? [/qoute]
They don't stop over night, well literally they do, but you get the point. Experiences with panels here is that they consistently outperform their datasheets regardless of country of origin. Some panels retain higher efficiency longer, but if the specs are met, you know what you get when you buy it.
With the same industrial give-away you and others are proposing the US allow, Germany and major parts of Europe would be dependent on Russia for gas and China for clean electricity. Fortunately for you, your leaders are not quite that spineless. I hope mine are not as well.
For the forth time, what the EU has is in no way equivalent to what the US does in any other respect but probably showing up in the same Google search.
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