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Increasing Safeguard Exemption for Solar Cells is Focus of ITC Probe

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation of the probable economic effect of modifying the safeguard tariff-rate quota on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products. Specifically, the ITC will analyze the effect of increasing the level of the TRQ applicable to imports of CSPV cells from the current 2.5 gigawatts to 4, 5, or 6 GW, without other changes.

The ITC is seeking the following information from domestic producers of CSPV cells and/or modules: estimates and projections for their production, capacity, number of production workers, and exports of cells and modules separately in 2019, 2020, and 2021; information, estimates, or projections on the price or production cost per watt of U.S. manufactured cells; and how the proposed modification would affect current and future investments in U.S. cell and module manufacturing.

Written submissions are due by Jan. 6 and responses are due by Jan. 13.

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