Import Restrictions on Solar Cells Subject of USTR Inquiry
The International Trade Commission recently determined in a section 201 global safeguard investigation that a surge in imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells is threatening serious injury to U.S. producers. The ITC is due to submit to the president by Nov. 13 its recommendations on possible remedies, which could include new or higher tariffs, quotas or tariff-rate quotas, voluntary restraint agreements, import license requirements, minimum import prices, or other measures.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced a process for importers, exporters, domestic producers, and other interested parties to comment on the appropriateness of whatever safeguard measures the ITC may recommend and whether they would be in the public interest. USTR is particularly interested in the short-term and long-term effects that (a) the proposed actions are likely to have on the domestic CSPV industry, other domestic industries, and downstream consumers and (b) not taking the proposed actions would likely have on the domestic CSPV industry, its workers, and other domestic industries and communities. Written comments are due by Nov. 20, written responses to the initial round of comments are due by Nov. 29, and a hearing will be held Dec. 6.