China appeals WTO ruling on US Section 201 tariffs
China has appealed a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that dismissed the country’s challenges against the United States’ safeguard tariffs on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells.
Earlier this month, the WTO dismissed China’s claims over the United States’ Section 201 tariffs, ruling that the measures did not violate global trade rules.
China has now notified its decision to appeal “certain legal issues” covered by a WTO report relating to the dispute, the organization said.
However, the WTO Appellate Body, which hears appeals from reports issued by panels in disputes brought by WTO members, is currently unable to consider appeals due to the current impasse concerning the appointment of the members of the body.
“China regrets that currently no division of the appellate body can be established to hear this appeal,” the WTO said in a statement this week.
The trade dispute is over U.S. Section 201 tariffs, which were introduced by the Trump administration in 2018 and changed last year. Tariffs currently expire in 2022, but an investigation must be conducted to see if they should be extended.
Last month, five manufacturers operating in the United States – Auxin Solar, Suniva, Q CELLS USA, LG Electronics USA and Mission Solar Energy – filed two separate petitions to extend tariffs.
The Solar Energy Industries Association of the United States (SEIA) has previously suggested that the tariffs have caused “devastating damage” to the country’s solar sector. In its US Solar Market Insight report, released alongside Wood Mackenzie last week, the trade body said the potential for tariff increases and extensions, in addition to supply chain and l ‘US government suspension order,’ poses downside risks to near-term growth. Of the country’s solar sector.