The back and forth finally seems to be over. The U.S. Commercial Court today published its decision on whether to reinstate bifacial solar panels in the Section 201 tariff for imported solar panels.
Judge Gary S. Katzmann decided to revoke the exemption of bifacial modules from tariffs and put them back into tax status with immediate effect.
It did after President Trump issued an executive order last month recommending an increase in the overall tariff and an end to the bifacial exemption.
The solar industry was the first market to be affected by Trump’s tariffs in 2018. As of February 2018, imported crystalline silicon cells, modules and AC / integrated modules were tariffed at 30% under a four-year plan. Imports were given a 25% duty in 2019, a 20% duty in 2020 and a 15% duty in 2021. Bifacial modules were fully exempted for the first time in June 2019. Today this ends.
All types of imported crystalline silicon solar modules (with a few minor exceptions) will continue to receive a 20% tariff through February 2021. Trump managed to increase the tariff amount from 15% to 18% by 2021. A tax of 18% will be levied on all imported solar modules from February 2021.