USTR Excludes Particular Products from the Section 201 Solar Products Safeguard Measure

Posted by Matt Schmitt on 6/26/19 5:00 PM

On June 13, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) granting additional exclusion requests to the Section 201 safeguard measure on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and other products.

According to the FRN, the USTR has completed its review of all exclusion requests for this action and will not consider additional requests at this time.

The products excluded are listed in the annex to the FRN and include such items as:

·         “bifacial solar panels that absorb light and generate electricity on each side of the panel and that consist of only bifacial solar cells that absorb light and generate electricity on each side of the cells;”

·         “flexible fiberglass solar panels without glass components other than fiberglass, such panels having power outputs ranging from 250 to 900 watts;”

·         “solar panels consisting of solar cells arranged in rows that are laminated in the panel and that are separated by more than 10 mm, with an optical film spanning the gaps between all rows that is designed to direct sunlight onto the solar cells, and not including panels that lack said optical film or only have a white or other backing layer that absorbs or scatters sunlight.”

The exclusions went into effect on June 13, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time.

 

The FRN may be found here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/13/2019-12476/exclusion-of-particular-products-from-the-solar-products-safeguard-measure

Topics: USTR, Solar Cells, Section 201, Safeguards