USITC votes affirmative to continue 201 duties on silicon PV cells.

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According to the US International Trade Commission (USITC) media release (https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2021/er1124ll1852.htm), the USITC has determined that Section 201 tariffs should continue in order to “prevent or remedy serious injury to the U.S. industry” producing crystalline silicon PV cells.

After the USITC prepares a report – the USITC will then send the report to President Biden. The President then will make the decision whether to continue the Section 201 duties sometime after December 8th.

The Section 201 tariffs of 18% are imposed on all solar modules imported into the United States that don’t meet an exemption. If the tariffs are not extended by the Biden administration, the tariffs on solar modules will drop to 0% in February 2020.

If you have any questions on how the Section 201 tariffs on solar modules will impact your business – contact David Hsu anytime by phone/text at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com.

US Trade Commission reverses decision, finds the US tire market IS being harmed by truck and bus imports from China.

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Summary of what happened:
On January 30th, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) reversed their earlier decision, finding the US tire market is being harmed by truck and bus imports from China. In short – bus and truck imports from China will now be subject to tariffs. A tariff rate and timeline for imposition of duties was not reported by the USITC.

The USITC released a 62-page determination in response to an order of the U.S. Court of International Trade. Back in November 2018, the USITC remanded the ITC’s decision therefore requiring the ITC to re-evaluate their case.

What caused the reversal?
The five-members of the ITC had changed membership in 2017 when commissioner Scott Kieff left 3 years before the end of his term. President Trump later nominated and the Senate confirmed former President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the commission – Jason Kearnes.

Jason Kearnes turned out to be the swing vote in the most recent reversal of the ITC decision on bus and truck tires.

Very brief history:
In January 2016, the US Steelworkers filed a complaint that tire imports from China was hurting US industry. After investigating, the ITC voted in February 2017 to NOT impose tariffs. This was a surprise because every other tire investigation led to imposition of duties.The US Steelworkers then appealed the decision to the Court of International Trade and in November 2018, the USITC was forced to re-evaluate their decision. Ultimately in their re-evaluation, the ITC found: “In sum, we find that the significant volume of subject imports, at prices that undersold the domestic like product and depressed domestic prices, adversely impacted the domestic industry. We consequently determine that the domestic industry is materially injured by reason of subject imports.”

Please contact our offices if you have questions on how the most recent ITC decision will effect your company’s imports of bus and truck tries from China. You can call David Hsu at 832-896-6288 at anytime or email attorney.dave@yahoo.com.