Vietnam approaches WTO over new US safeguard measures on solar equipment imports

The Vietnamese authorities have submitted a complaint to the World Trade Organization requesting formal consultations with Washington over its recently announced 30 per cent tariff on crystalline silicon PV imports. With this, Vietnam has joined China, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea in formally requesting compensation in its complaint over the new US safeguard measures on solar cell and module imports, which were announced in January 2018. The US International Trade Commission (USITC) recommended quotas and tariffs on the import of crystalline silicon solar products in October 2017. The recommendations stemmed from USITC’s determination that there had been significant injury in Suniva/SolarWorld’s Section 201 trade petition.

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