SEIA calls for Section 201 tariffs to be eliminated ahead of key United States ITC hearing

Nov 2, 2021 01:00 PM ET
  • The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has actually advised the Biden Administration to eliminate the Section 201 tariffs on specific crystalline silicon PV cells from China ahead of an US International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing today.
SEIA calls for Section 201 tariffs to be eliminated ahead of key United States ITC hearing
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In a prehearing rundown, SEIA said the tariffs had "created a lot more injury than great", have actually not improved the competition people manufacturing and also have actually cost the US solar market more than 30,000 tasks.

On Wednesday (3 November), the USITC will certainly hear debates on the efficiency of the tariffs before making a recommendation to Head of state Biden on whether to expand, alter or eliminate the tariffs.

Section 201 was enforced by President Trump in January 2018, with the mentioned objective of reinforcing United States solar manufacturing. SEIA claimed the tariffs "have just created limited investments in domestic component setting up facilities that drop well except the capacity required to serve United States demand".

The tariffs were introduced at a price of 30%, declining by 5 percentage points yearly for 4 years. However, then-President Trump released a pronouncement last October that imposed the protect obligations on previously omitted bifacial panels and increased the tariff price from 15% to 18% for its fourth year (2021).

In 2019, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) turned down an obstacle by China that declared the procedures broke worldwide trade rules. China has actually given that appealed that decision.

The tariffs are due to finish in February 2022 as well as SEIA president and also chief executive officer Abigail Hopper claimed any type of extension "would be yet one more obstacle to clean power deployment and also will certainly weaken any kind of hope we need to mitigate this situation".

"The U.S. has actually gathered US$ 2.6 billion in Section 201 solar tariffs, yet not one cent of that helped the residential manufacturing sector," added Hopper.

SEIA had previously contacted Head of state Biden to ditch the tariffs however is now calling for an eliminated strategy, warning versus any type of expansion.

In its US Solar Market Understanding record, released along with Wood Mackenzie last week, SEIA stated the possibility for expanded as well as prolonged tariffs, in addition to provide chain restrictions and also the US federal government's hold back release order, "pose disadvantage dangers to near-term growth" of the nation's solar field.

Rather, it has called for increased federal investment to sustain United States solar manufacturing, such as legislator Jon Ossoff's suggested Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act (SEMA).

"We need a robust residential manufacturing market in the united state, and also wise policy solutions such as senator Ossoff's tax obligation debt for solar manufacturing will assist us make the long-lasting financial investments required to step up domestic manufacturing," Hopper said.

Last month, five manufacturers with United States procedures-- Auxin Solar, Suniva, Q CELLS U.S.A., LG Electronics United States and Mission Solar Energy-- filed 2 different petitions to expand the tariffs.

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