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Solar officials say tariffs will kill jobs in New Mexico

25 January 2018

And a year ago, Korean companies shipped 1.3 billion dollars worth of solar cells. "Whirlpool and General Electric are companies making washing machines that Americans use on a daily basis". The tariff rates are then expected to decline in the third year to 16 percent and 40 percent, respectively. Similarly, the tariffs and quotas on imported washers will hit appliance retailers, parts suppliers, installers and fix shops, and just about any individual or business buying a new washing machine. But an expert on trade says things might not be that simple.

Citing that in order to implement safeguards under WTO agreements, one must face a radical surge in imports, grave damage to local industry and establish a correlation between the imports surge and industry damage, Kim contended that the US' decision was wrongly made. The specific amounts are redacted in the report. There are also concerns that USA efforts to restrict imports will expand to other products than washing machines and solar panels, such as South Korean steel. The tariffs applied to washing machines are slated to jump from 1% to somewhere between 20% and 50%. However, when taking a wider view of American companies across industries and in different links of the supply chain, these new trade duties could quite plausibly harm the USA economy.

And most solar panels aren't on residential or commercial rooftops in Georgia. "He called the tariffs "... nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to claim a victory for American manufacturing.

President Donald Trump signed off on the new tax Tuesday, January 23, in a decision his administration says will put American companies and jobs first. While enough to halt installations that were already on the cusp of economic feasibility, it is not large enough to stop most planned installations.

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The White House says the tariff is created to promote more USA based production, but until production levels are able to meet demand, companies that install solar panels will still be faced with higher costs.

Bloomberg speculated that another "long-shot" solution could be a negotiated settlement that disburses the estimated $1.5 billion the US has collected in duties to producers on both sides.

"Everyone will pay more with fewer choices", the South Korean company said in a statement.

The duties are the latest step by Trump that undermine the economics of USA renewable energy, but they're unlikely to raise costs of imported equipment far beyond recent levels.

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REC says it can make polysilicate more cheaply and efficiently in the USA thanks to a patented process.

These higher prices and lost jobs could be just the tip of the iceberg.

This reflects the reality that most employment in America's solar industry is found in solar installation, rather than manufacturing. Making the tariff hard for those to continue to buy from other countries. China now produces 60% of the world's solar cells and 71% of solar modules. The country is the biggest buyer of USA soybeans, and could consider steps to reduce imports. REC Silicon can out-compete our foreign rivals and we can do it from our manufacturing locations here in the United States.

However, even if this were to be true, America should welcome these affordable products. At present, approximately 20% of the washing machines LG Electronics exports to the USA are manufactured in South Korea.

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"You're going to have people getting jobs again and we're going to make our own product again". After the Commerce Department instituted anti-dumping duties in 2013, much of the work shifted to China, according to a fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative.