Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is inviting comments on the issues raised in separate World Trade Organization disputes filed by Korea against U.S. safeguard measures on crystalline silicon photovoltaic products and large residential washers. These measures comprise tariff-rate quotas that extend for three or four years. Click here for more information.

In each dispute Korea alleges that the U.S. has implemented a safeguard measure that does not comply with numerous articles of the WTO Agreement on Safeguards and several articles of GATT 1994. Comments are due by June 22 on washers and July 11 on solar products.

On June 7 legislation was introduced in the Senate that would repeal the safeguard measures on imported solar cells and panels. Tariffs would default back to previous rates and companies that imported affected goods could receive retroactive reimbursement.

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