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The United States Imposed A Maximum Tariff Of 30% On Imported Photovoltaic Products. China Prosecuted In WTO.
- Aug 17, 2018 -

It is recalled that the Sino-US trade war originated from the global safeguards, anti-dumping and countervailing duties and tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported photovoltaic products, aluminum foil, steel and other individual commodities in the first quarter of 2018. Especially since the end of March, the US government has intensified its trade war against China and the war on science and technology. Although the trade war was eased in May by the exchange of visits between Chinese and American leaders, it was inevitable that a formal Sino-US trade war would start at 12:01 a.m. on July 6.

Just yesterday (14 August), China formally launched the WTO dispute settlement process on the US photovoltaic safeguards and renewable energy subsidies.

A spokesman for the Commerce Department pointed out that the United States had taken global safeguards against imported photovoltaic products, imposing a maximum tariff of 30%. The measures taken by the US side, both procedurally and substantially, are suspected of violating the WTO Agreement on Safeguards. Such abuse of safeguards not only damages China's legitimate rights and interests, but also affects the seriousness and authority of WTO rules.

In addition, the US side, while taking safeguard measures against imported photovoltaic products, gives additional subsidies to domestic-made photovoltaic and other renewable energy products, suspected of constituting an import substitution subsidy and violating national treatment obligations. The US subsidy policy has given its renewable energy industry an unfair competitive advantage and damaged the legitimate rights and interests of China's renewable energy enterprises.

The Ministry of Commerce said the violations by the US side seriously distorted the international market of photovoltaic products and seriously damaged China's trade interests. It is necessary for China to resort to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and safeguard multilateral trade rules.