Last week marked one year since the Trump administration implemented steep tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, ending nearly a year of turmoil and uncertainty for the solar industry and its quarter-of-a-million workers.
SEIA’s in-house trade expert John Smirnow will present a one-hour webinar focused on pending antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, Section 201 and 301 tariffs, U.S. Customs enforcement, and potential trade-related implications of U.S. cybersecurity initiatives.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In comments filed today with the United States Trade Representative, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expressed support for product exclusions from tariff coverage under the Solar Products Safeguard measure for products that are not, and are not expected to be, manufactured in adequate quantities here in the United States. Following is a statement from SEIA’s President and CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper:
On April 16, 2018, SEIA submitted formal comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding the Trump administration's consideration of product exclusions under the recent Section 201 solar safeguard tariffs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the impact of possible steel and aluminum tariffs on the solar industry and the relationship between steel tariffs and those imposed on solar products: “As President Trump prepares to issue an official decision on tariffs for steel and aluminum products, we want to remind him that the net loss of jobs and the cancellation of projects as a result of his solar tariffs are real and causing damage to America’s energy economy.
On Jan. 23, 2018, President Trump signed a proclamation that placed tariffs on imported solar cells and modules for a period of four years. This decision came on the heels of a nearly 9-month case before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) after two solar manufacturers, Suniva and SolarWorld, filed a petition seeking tariffs. The final tariff will have significant negative impacts on the entire solar industry, from manufacturing and distribution to installation and finance.