Trump approves 30% tariff on imported solar

According to analysts, the ITC’s recommended tariffs were much lower than what the co-petitioners originally sought and penciled out to between about $0.10/W and $0.12/W. Suniva and SolarWorld considered the proposal too weak and called for higher tariffs, and SEIA maintained that any new tariffs would greatly threaten the solar industry.

Under a Section 201 case, however, the president had the final say as to what, if any, trade actions to implement. Given the ITC’s unanimous ruling; Trump’s long history of wanting to be tough on trade, especially in regards to China; and the president’s “America First” policy platform, the decision to apply new tariffs on CSPV products is largely unsurprising.