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.”