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Safeguard Tariffs on Imported Solar Cells and Large Residential Washers

Safeguard Tariffs on Imported Solar Cells

  • The ITC determined that increased solar cell and module imports are a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry. Although the Commissioners could not agree on a single remedy to recommend, most of them favored an increase in duties with a carve-out for a specified quantity of imported cells.

  • After consultation with the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), USTR recommended and the President chose to take action by applying the following additional duties:
                                                                 Safeguard Tariffs on Imported Solar Cells and Modules
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Tariff Increase 30% 25% 20% 15%





The new tariffs shall be effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on February 7, 2018.

First 2.5 gigawatt of imported cells are excluded from the additional tariff.

Safeguard Tariffs on Imported Large Residential Washers

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced on January 22, 2018 that President Trump has approved recommendations to impose safeguard tariffs on imported large residential washing machines and imported solar cells and modules.

For imports of large residential washers, the President approved applying a safeguard tariff-rate quota for three years with the following terms:

Tariff-Rate Quotas on Washers
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
First 1.2 million units of imported finished washers 20% 18% 16%
All subsequent imports of finished washers 50% 45% 40%
Tariff of covered parts 50% 45% 40%
Covered parts excluded from tariff 50,000 units 70,000 units 90,000 units

> Click here to read more from the Office of the United States Trade Representative.