An Unpleasant Surprise: Higher Tariffs For Solar Cells

Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT) -- United States importers and purchasers of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules ("solar cells") now face increased prices when sourcing their supplies from China. A recent order issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration imposing an antidumping duty rate of 250 percent tariff against the Chinese solar cell industry generally, and a lower but increased "separate rate" of 31 percent tariff on 61 named Chinese manufacturers and exporters, is starting to be felt by the U.S. solar energy construction industry.

Although the order,...
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