ITC rules affirmatively, and unanimously, in solar safeguard investigation

September 24, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday unanimously ruled that the domestic solar industry has been seriously injured by solar imports, propelling the safeguard investigation into a remedy phase in which the ITC will suggest next steps to President Trump.

[Isabelle Hoagland | September 22, 2017 | Inside US Trade]

Some commissioners flagged imports from Mexico, Canada and Korea as primary concerns.

The commissioners are statutorily required to make additional, separate findings for countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement. All but one commissioner found that solar imports from Mexico and South Korea had increased in quantities to cause serious injury or threat thereof, while issuing a negative finding for Canada and other countries under U.S. FTAs.

ITC Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, however, found that “with respect to NAFTA countries,” imports from both Mexico and Canada account for a “substantial share of total imports” and contribute to “serious injury caused by imports.”

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