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USITC Releases Report on the Effect of Increasing the Tariff-Rate Quota on Imports of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells

March 6, 2020
News Release 20-019
Inv. No. TA-201-075 (Modification)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Releases Report on the Effect of Increasing the Tariff-Rate Quota on Imports of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today released its report on the probable economic effect on the U.S. industry producing crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules of modifying the safeguard remedy imposed by the President in 2018 on imports of these products.

The report, Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the Safeguard Measure, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on December 6, 2019. 

The USTR asked the USITC to provide its advice on the probable economic effect on the domestic CSPV cell and module manufacturing industry of modifying the safeguard remedy imposed on imports of these products by the President following a concerning them.

Specifically, the USTR requested that the Commission analyze the effect of increasing the level of the tariff-rate quota applicable to imports of CSPV cells from the current 2.5 gigawatts (GW) to 4, 5, or 6 GW, without other changes to the remedy.  The original remedy imposed, which took effect on February 7, 2018, was (a) a tariff-rate quota on imports of CSPV cells not partially or fully assembled into other products and (b) an increase in duties on imports of CSPV modules for a period of four years.  See Proclamation 9693 of January 23, 2018.

Under section 204(a)(4) of the Trade Act of 1974, the Commission, upon request of the President, is required to advise the President of its judgment as to the probable economic effect on the industry concerned of any reduction, modification, or termination of safeguard measures imposed by the President under the Act. 

Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the Safeguard Measure (Inv. No. TA-201-075 (Modification), USITC Publication 5032, March 2020) is available at http://nczkhb.com/publications/other/pub5032.pdf.

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