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    I run a small EV-related business on an island off the west coast of Scotland. I import most of my stock from China so I am familiar with the process.

    I am considering expanding my business empire into 'retailing' PV modules locally but at the same time using the bulk-buying opportunity to provide some (very) cheap PV for the business in the form of a free-standing 3.6kWp tracking array. Realistically, I do not expect to get rich from this idea with an island population of 120 souls! That said, there is an ever-growing likelihood of finding one or more buyers for the excess panels.

    I already have several 10's of kWh-worth of lithium-based battery storage lying about looking for something to do. Eventually, I hope to end up with some sort of grid-tied battery storage system of about 30kWh capacity but I plan to build a house here in due course and anticipate that the house (and my business) will then be off-grid, for electricity, at least.

    Anyway, to my question... I understand that the anti-dumping tariffs that the EU (bless 'em) imposed on some Asian PV exporting countries (esp. China) a few years back have been removed, now, and I was considering importing directly a pallet load (~30 pcs) of Chinese-sourced/made high-quality mono PV modules whose peak output is 370W.

    Can anyone confirm that I can go ahead and won't have to worry about HMRC turning up at some point in the furture to demand an 80% import duty payment?

    Regards, MW.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2019
    It's unlikely any change would be backdated so once imported you should be ok.

    As for importing after Brexit... I've struggled to find out what duties and tariffs might appear under WTO rules in the event of a no-deal Brexit. I don't think they become mandatory only optional.

    Apparently in 2014 8% of the panels installed in the UK were made in the UK. (Source https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/why-eu-tariffs-on-chinese-solar-panels-need-to-end/)

    So I think in theory if we decided to support UK manufacturers we could impose a tariff on all imports of solar panels, however I doubt that would be current government policy.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2019
    It is possible, some would say likely that you could get sold fake high quality panels so be careful

    I would do it
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