Shining a Light on the Solar Trade: Investigation Leads to Tariffs on Solar Energy-Related Imports (Part I) [January 26, 2018] [open pdf - 474KB]
"On January 23, 2018, President Trump proclaimed a four-year safeguard measure in the form of a tariff-rate quota on imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic ('CSPV') products that enter the United States after midnight on February 7, 2018. (The President also proclaimed a three-year safeguard tariff-rate quota on imports of large residential washers the same day). A tariff-rate quota is a combination of two trade remedies--a tariff and a quota--whereby imports under a certain quota level volume are subject to one tariff rate, while a higher tariff rate is imposed on imports above that level. [...] Part I of this two-part Sidebar provides background on section 201 safeguard investigations generally, while Part II specifically discusses the Solar Investigation that led to the new tariff-rate quota on CSPV products. Part II concludes with options for Congress moving forward."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10065
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html