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Impact of Solar Tariffs

Author(s): Xiaojing Sun
The Greenlink Group
Date: February 5, 2018 at 1:15 PM

On January 22nd, President Trump approved a recommendation made by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to impose a tariff on imported solar cells and modules. The solar tariffs are set at 30% for the first year and will decline by 5% per year for three subsequent years. President Trump’s decision came four months after the U.S. ITC found that, according to a rarely used provision of the Trade Act of 1974, Section 201, the competitiveness of two U.S. domestic solar manufacturers – SolarWorld and Suniva – is negatively affected by low-price imported solar cells and panels. Three recommended… [more]

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Tariffs Threaten the U.S. Solar Industry

Author(s): Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah Consulting
Date: May 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM

SolarWorld, a German-based manufacturer, has introduced a petition with the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce seeking to impose additional antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) duties on imports of solar products from China and Taiwan. Interestingly, the petition aims to relieve U.S. solar panel manufacturing companies from imports that are sold in the U.S. at less than fair value (“dumped”) or allegedly benefit from subsidies in China or Taiwan. However, the petition could increase material costs and have significant impacts on the broader U.S. solar industry. The U.S. solar industry grew ten times faster than national job… [more]

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U.S. to Impose Tariffs on Chinese Solar Products

Date: March 22, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Responding to a complaint filed last year by some U.S.-based solar manufacturers, the U.S. Commerce Department has deemed that the Chinese government provided Chinese solar panel manufacturers unfair subsidies, resulting in artificially low prices for Chinese solar products and a competitive advantage on the global market. The U.S. will be imposing a tariff ranging from 2.9% to 4.37% on Chinese solar products in an effort to raise their prices and level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers. Advocates on both sides of the issue cited Commerce’s decision as a victory. “We support free trade without government intervention,” said Gordon Brinser,… [more]

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