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Foreign Governments Line Up to Make Case at Section 201 Hearing


(John Parnell – PV-Tech)

The governments of Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Thailand have joined the surge in lobbying as Tuesday’s initial hearing into the Section 201 trade case nears.

All of the above have requested to give evidence at the US International Trade Commission (US ITC) hearing, submitted a pre-hearing brief or in some cases both.

The complaint by Suniva and SolarWorld Americas requests a tariff of US$0.78/W on modules with non-US cells to address damage done to domestic manufacturers that they believe is attributable to increased imports.

Debate around the case has moved from insolvency proceedings affecting both companies, to their foreign ownership, an alleged “blackmail” attempt, and latterly onto competing assessments of the impact tariffs would have on US solar jobs through the entire supply chain. Click here to read more.