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Safeguard TRQs Imposed on Imported Washing Machines, Solar Cells

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

In separate section 201 safeguard proceedings, President Trump has approved the imposition of tariff-rate quotas on imports of large residential washing machines and solar cells and modules, as follows.

Washers

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

First 1.2 million units

20%

18%

16%

All subsequent imports

50%

45%

40%

Covered parts

50%

45%

40%

Exempt parts

50,000 units

70,000 units

90,000 units

Solar Cells

Covered modules/cells

30%

25%

20%

15%

Exempt cells

<2.5 gigawatts

<2.5 gigawatts

<2.5 gigawatts

<2.5 gigawatts

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. law requires the exclusion of Canada or Mexico from a safeguard action if the president determines that imports from that country do not account for a substantial share of imports and do not contribute importantly to serious injury to domestic producers. The president has determined that Canada met these criteria with respect to the washers case (and is therefore excluded) but Mexico did not. Both Mexico and Canada are included in the solar remedy. Korea is included in both safeguard measures.

In addition, all Generalized System of Preferences beneficiary countries that account for less than three percent of total exports are excluded from both safeguard measures. Using this criterion, the U.S. is including Thailand in both the washers and solar safeguards and the Philippines in the solar safeguard.

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