Withdrawal of Bifacial Solar Panels Exclusion to the Solar Products Safeguard Measure, 54244-54245 [2019-22074]

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On February 14, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative established procedures for interested persons to request product-specific exclusions from application of the safeguard measure. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On June 13, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative published a notice granting certain requests for exclusions and excluding the products at issue from the safeguard measure’s application. In particular, the U.S. Trade Representative excluded bifacial solar panels consisting only of bifacial solar cells. Since publication of that notice, the U.S. Trade Representative has evaluated this exclusion further and, after consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and Energy, determined it will undermine the objectives of the safeguard measure. Accordingly, the U.S. Trade Representative has modified the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to withdraw the exclusion of bifacial solar panels from application of the safeguard measure. The U.S. Trade Representative also has modified the HTSUS to make certain technical changes in connection with the safeguard measure. DATES: The withdrawal of the exclusion for bifacial solar panels from application of the safeguard measure and technical changes will apply as of October 28, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victor Mroczka, Office of WTO and Multilateral Affairs, at vmroczka@ ustr.eop.gov or (202) 395–9450, or Dax Terrill, Office of General Counsel, at Dax.Terrill@ustr.eop.gov or (202) 395– 4739. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background On January 23, 2018, the President issued Proclamation 9693 (83 FR 3541) to impose a safeguard measure under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2251) with respect to certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and other products (CSPV products) containing these cells. The Proclamation directed the U.S. Trade Representative to establish procedures for interested persons to request the exclusion of particular products from the safeguard measure. It also authorized the U.S. Trade Representative, after consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and Energy, to exclude products by modifying the HTSUS with publication of a determination in the Federal Register regarding the exclusion of such products. On February 14, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative issued a notice setting out the procedures to request a product exclusion and opened a public docket. See 83 FR 6670 (the February 2018 notice). 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The February 2018 notice indicated that the U.S. Trade Representative would consider exclusion requests filed no later than March 16, 2018. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) received 48 product exclusion requests and 213 comments responding to the various requests. The exclusion requests generally fell into seven categories, one of which concerned bifacial solar panels. Proponents asserted that the volume of bifacial solar panel production available for export to the United States was highly limited, that the products would not compete directly with CSPV products produced in the United States, and that the exclusion would not undermine the objectives of the safeguard measure. On September 19, 2018, and June 13, 2019 (the June 2019 notice), the U.S. Trade Representative granted certain product exclusion requests in notices published in the Federal Register (83 FR 47393 and 84 FR 27684) and modified the HTSUS accordingly. In particular, based on the above assertions, the June 2019 notice specifically excluded from application of the safeguard measure ‘‘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.’’ After evaluating newly available information from these and other sources demonstrating that global production of bifacial solar panels is increasing, that the exclusion will likely result in significant increases in imports of bifacial solar panels, and that such panels likely will compete with domestically produced monofacial and bifacial CSPV products in the U.S. market, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined, after consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and Energy, that maintaining the exclusion will undermine the objectives of the safeguard measure. B. Further Evaluation of the Bifacial Solar Panel Exclusion USTR has received multiple inquiries, requests, and other comments from members of the public. Some have asserted that the bifacial solar panels exclusion granted in the June 2019 notice is broader than the category of products described in the exclusion requests submitted as of March 16, 2018. Others have stated that the exclusion will cause a significant increase in imports of bifacial solar panels, with projections that such a surge is imminent. Annex Effective with respect to articles entered for consumption, or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on October 28, 2019, U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) is modified by removing the following from subdivision (c)(iii): ‘‘(15) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Oct 08, 2019 Jkt 250001 C. Withdrawal of the Bifacial Solar Panel Exclusion Based on an evaluation of the factors set out in the February 2018 notice, and further consideration of the exclusion granted for bifacial solar panels in the June 2019 notice, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined after consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and Energy to withdraw that exclusion. Accordingly, as set out in the Annex to this notice, USTR is modifying subdivision (c)(iii) of U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS to remove subdivision (c)(iii)(15), which implements the exclusion of bifacial solar panels. D. Technical Changes to the HTSUS It has come to the attention of USTR that certain technical clarifications to the Annex will facilitate administration of the safeguard measure. Presidential Proclamation 6969 of January 27, 1997 (62 FR 4415) authorizes the U.S. Trade Representative to exercise the authority provided to the President under section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2483) to embody rectifications, technical or conforming changes, or similar modifications in the HTSUS. Pursuant to this delegated authority, the U.S. Trade Representative modifies the HTSUS to make the technical changes set out in the Annex to this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54245 generate electricity on each side of the cells;’’ U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is further modified by redesignating current subdivisions (c)(iii)(16) and (c)(iii)(17) as subdivisions (c)(iii)(15) and (c)(iii)(16), respectively. U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is further modified by striking from subdivision (c)(i) the HTSUS number ‘‘8541.40.6030’’ and by inserting in lieu thereof ‘‘8541.40.6025’’. U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is further modified by striking from subdivision (g) of such note the HTSUS number ‘‘8541.40.6020’’ and by inserting in lieu thereof ‘‘8541.40.6015’’. Jeffrey Gerrish, Deputy United States Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. USTR-2018-0001]


Withdrawal of Bifacial Solar Panels Exclusion to the Solar 
Products Safeguard Measure

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: On January 23, 2018, the President imposed a safeguard measure 
on imports of certain solar products pursuant to a section 201 
investigation. On February 14, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative 
established procedures for interested persons to request product-
specific exclusions from application of the safeguard measure. On June 
13, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative published a notice granting 
certain requests for exclusions and excluding the products at issue 
from the safeguard measure's application. In particular, the U.S. Trade 
Representative excluded bifacial solar panels consisting only of 
bifacial solar cells. Since publication of that notice, the U.S. Trade 
Representative has evaluated this exclusion further and, after 
consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and Energy, determined it 
will undermine the objectives of the safeguard measure. Accordingly, 
the U.S. Trade Representative has modified the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to withdraw the exclusion of 
bifacial solar panels from application of the safeguard measure. The 
U.S. Trade Representative also has modified the HTSUS to make certain 
technical changes in connection with the safeguard measure.

DATES: The withdrawal of the exclusion for bifacial solar panels from 
application of the safeguard measure and technical changes will apply 
as of October 28, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victor Mroczka, Office of WTO and 
Multilateral Affairs, at [email protected] or (202) 395-9450, or 
Dax Terrill, Office of General Counsel, at [email protected] or 
(202) 395-4739.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    On January 23, 2018, the President issued Proclamation 9693 (83 FR 
3541) to impose a safeguard measure under section 201 of the Trade Act 
of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2251) with respect to certain crystalline silicon 
photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and other products (CSPV products) containing 
these cells. The Proclamation directed the U.S. Trade Representative to 
establish procedures for interested persons to request the exclusion of 
particular products from the safeguard measure. It also authorized the 
U.S. Trade Representative, after consultation with the Secretaries of 
Commerce and Energy, to exclude products by modifying the HTSUS with 
publication of a determination in the Federal Register regarding the 
exclusion of such products.
    On February 14, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative issued a notice 
setting out the procedures to request a product exclusion and opened a 
public docket. See 83 FR 6670 (the February 2018 notice). Under the 
February 2018 notice, requests for exclusion were to identify the 
particular product in terms of its

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physical characteristics, such as dimensions, wattage, material 
composition, or other distinguishing characteristics, that 
differentiate it from other products that are subject to the safeguard 
measure. The notice said that the U.S. Trade Representative would not 
consider requests identifying the product at issue in terms of the 
identity of the producer, importer, or ultimate consumer, the country 
of origin, or trademarks or tradenames. The notice also provided that 
the U.S. Trade Representative would evaluate each request on a case-by-
case basis and would grant only those exclusions that did not undermine 
the objectives of the safeguard measure.
    The February 2018 notice indicated that the U.S. Trade 
Representative would consider exclusion requests filed no later than 
March 16, 2018. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) 
received 48 product exclusion requests and 213 comments responding to 
the various requests. The exclusion requests generally fell into seven 
categories, one of which concerned bifacial solar panels. Proponents 
asserted that the volume of bifacial solar panel production available 
for export to the United States was highly limited, that the products 
would not compete directly with CSPV products produced in the United 
States, and that the exclusion would not undermine the objectives of 
the safeguard measure.
    On September 19, 2018, and June 13, 2019 (the June 2019 notice), 
the U.S. Trade Representative granted certain product exclusion 
requests in notices published in the Federal Register (83 FR 47393 and 
84 FR 27684) and modified the HTSUS accordingly. In particular, based 
on the above assertions, the June 2019 notice specifically excluded 
from application of the safeguard measure ``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.''

B. Further Evaluation of the Bifacial Solar Panel Exclusion

    USTR has received multiple inquiries, requests, and other comments 
from members of the public. Some have asserted that the bifacial solar 
panels exclusion granted in the June 2019 notice is broader than the 
category of products described in the exclusion requests submitted as 
of March 16, 2018. Others have stated that the exclusion will cause a 
significant increase in imports of bifacial solar panels, with 
projections that such a surge is imminent.
    After evaluating newly available information from these and other 
sources demonstrating that global production of bifacial solar panels 
is increasing, that the exclusion will likely result in significant 
increases in imports of bifacial solar panels, and that such panels 
likely will compete with domestically produced monofacial and bifacial 
CSPV products in the U.S. market, the U.S. Trade Representative has 
determined, after consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and 
Energy, that maintaining the exclusion will undermine the objectives of 
the safeguard measure.

C. Withdrawal of the Bifacial Solar Panel Exclusion

    Based on an evaluation of the factors set out in the February 2018 
notice, and further consideration of the exclusion granted for bifacial 
solar panels in the June 2019 notice, the U.S. Trade Representative has 
determined after consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and 
Energy to withdraw that exclusion.
    Accordingly, as set out in the Annex to this notice, USTR is 
modifying subdivision (c)(iii) of U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of 
chapter 99 of the HTSUS to remove subdivision (c)(iii)(15), which 
implements the exclusion of bifacial solar panels.

D. Technical Changes to the HTSUS

    It has come to the attention of USTR that certain technical 
clarifications to the Annex will facilitate administration of the 
safeguard measure. Presidential Proclamation 6969 of January 27, 1997 
(62 FR 4415) authorizes the U.S. Trade Representative to exercise the 
authority provided to the President under section 604 of the Trade Act 
of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2483) to embody rectifications, technical or 
conforming changes, or similar modifications in the HTSUS. Pursuant to 
this delegated authority, the U.S. Trade Representative modifies the 
HTSUS to make the technical changes set out in the Annex to this 
notice.

Annex

    Effective with respect to articles entered for consumption, or 
withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. 
eastern daylight time on October 28, 2019, U.S. note 18 to subchapter 
III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (HTSUS) is modified by removing the following from subdivision 
(c)(iii):
    ``(15) 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;''
    U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is 
further modified by redesignating current subdivisions (c)(iii)(16) and 
(c)(iii)(17) as subdivisions (c)(iii)(15) and (c)(iii)(16), 
respectively.
    U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is 
further modified by striking from subdivision (c)(i) the HTSUS number 
``8541.40.6030'' and by inserting in lieu thereof ``8541.40.6025''.
    U.S. note 18 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is 
further modified by striking from subdivision (g) of such note the 
HTSUS number ``8541.40.6020'' and by inserting in lieu thereof 
``8541.40.6015''.

Jeffrey Gerrish,
Deputy United States Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade 
Representative.
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