US ITC Approves Tariffs on Southeast Asia PV Imports

Jun 10, 2024 01:50 PM ET
  • US ITC investigates solar imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, potentially impacting local manufacturing. Duties to be set by Department of Commerce.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to proceed with investigations into whether imports of solar products from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are harming US manufacturing. The ITC found that there is evidence to suggest that local solar manufacturing is being negatively impacted by imports of lower-priced crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from these Southeast Asian countries, which are allegedly subsidized by their respective governments.

As a result of the ITC's determination, the Department of Commerce will set the level of duties to be imposed on these imports. Preliminary countervailing duties are expected to be announced around July 18, 2024, with preliminary antidumping duty determinations to follow on or about October 1, 2024. The investigations were initiated in response to petitions filed by major US solar manufacturers against Chinese-owned solar manufacturers in the four Asian countries, in an effort to protect domestic production from the influx of imported equipment.

Are Southeast Asian solar imports harming US manufacturing?

  • The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has found evidence suggesting that imports of solar products from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are harming US manufacturing.
  • The ITC's determination has led to investigations by the Department of Commerce to set the level of duties to be imposed on these imports.
  • Preliminary countervailing duties are expected to be announced around July 18, 2024, with preliminary antidumping duty determinations to follow on or about October 1, 2024.
  • The investigations were initiated in response to petitions filed by major US solar manufacturers against Chinese-owned solar manufacturers in the four Asian countries, in an effort to protect domestic production from the influx of imported equipment.
  • The US government is taking action to address concerns about the impact of Southeast Asian solar imports on US manufacturing.
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