The President Trump released a Proclamation on October 10, 2020 that will increase the tariff on imported solar cells and panels next year. Bifacial solar panels will officially lose their exemption status.
The solar industry was the first market to feel the hit of tariffs brought on by Trump in 2018. Beginning in February 2018, imported crystalline silicon cells, modules and AC/integrated modules were tariffed 30% as part of a four-year outline. Imports received a 25% tariff in 2019, a 20% tariff in 2020 and were scheduled for a 15% tariff in 2021.
Update (10/15/20): A U.S. trade court again denied a request by the Trump administration to end a tariff exemption for imported two-sided solar panels. (caution: paywall)
U.S. Court of International Trade Judge Gary Katzmann refused to lift an order preventing the administration from withdrawing an exemption for two-sided, or bifacial, panels The government didn’t follow the law the first time it moved to withdraw the loophole, and it didn’t fix the procedural errors the second time it tried, Katzmann said. Katzmann said he was taking no position on whether the duties would protect the domestic solar industry “Once again, the court merely continues to...