The United States may impose an additional 25% tariff on Chinese batteries and components

by:Power Kingdom     2021-04-22
Last Friday, the United States added another 284 product lines to the list of 818 product lines under the 301 approved case. The newly added products include imports of solar cells and modules under 8541.40.60. This means that these batteries and components will become one of the products that need to be reviewed, and a 25% tariff will be imposed once approved. Trade expert John Smirnow confirmed that these tariffs will be levied at the same time as anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese batteries and components. It is not clear when this heavy hammer will fall. However, due to these anti-dumping and countervailing duties, and the subsequent opening of factories in Southeast Asia by Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers, Chinese batteries and modules accounted for only 11% of US solar imports in the first 11 months of 2017. In addition, it is not clear how many US component manufacturing plants plan to use batteries imported from China. According to a U.S. Trade Office document, JinkoSolar plans to import large monocrystalline cells for its new factory in Jacksonville, Florida, but Jinko clarified on Friday that it will source these cells from a factory in Malaysia, not China. FirstSolar's thin film modules will not be affected. SunPower also said it would not purchase from China. It is not clear where Hanwha QCells plans to source batteries for its 1.6 GW plant in Georgia.
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