Polysilicon is the key material in solar power products. (File photo/Xinhua)
China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that it will initiate an antidumping and countervailing investigation into imports of solar-grade polysilicon, a material used in solar equipment manufacturing, from the European Union.
The move comes in response to the EU's investigation into dumping accusations leveled against Chinese manufacturers by European solar energy producers.
The probe will be finished before Nov. 1, 2013 but may be extended for another six months under special circumstances, the ministry said in a statement on its website.
The probe was made in response to requests filed by Chinese polysilicon manufacturers, including LDK Solar and the China Silicon Corp in September, the statement said.
The case follows an antidumping probe into imports of solar-grade polysilicon from the United States and Republic of Korea launched on July 20.
The statement said the ministry will combine the two cases and make an accumulative evaluation.
Customs data showed that China imported 9,300 tonnes of polysilicon from the EU in the first half of the year, an increase of 30.8% from a year earlier.
However, the average price for polysilicon imports during the period dropped 47.5% compared to the previous year, the data showed.