On Friday, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to President Biden urging him to rescind the suspension of market-balancing tariffs on Chinese solar product importers in four southeast Asian countries to level the playing field for American manufacturers and workers and give them the opportunity to better compete in the global economy. The Department of Commerce (DOC) released preliminary findings that the People’s Republic of China and Chinese solar panel producers are circumventing U.S. trade law meant to protect American businesses and workers by routing their products through southeast Asian nations.
“American manufacturers will not have the room to grow unless they are adequately protected from unfair trade practices,” the Senators said. “In order to build our domestic solar panel and solar panel component manufacturing capacity, the U.S. government must stand strong in its commitment to protect and promote domestic workers and industry. To that end, we urge the Administration to fully enforce U.S. trade remedies and to terminate the suspension of tariffs where the Department of Commerce finds evidence of circumvention.”
This letter follows a May 2022 letter to President Biden voicing support for the Department of Commerce (DOC) investigation into whether Chinese companies were circumventing anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) by moving solar cells and modules through Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.
The full text of the letter to President Biden can be found here.