Judge overturns Trump decision to end tariff exemption for imported solar panels

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NEW YORK, Nov 16 (Businesshala) – A US judge overseeing trade issues on Tuesday overturned former President Donald Trump’s decision to allow the reintroduction of tariffs on some imported solar panels.

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US Court of International Trade Judge Gary Katzman’s ruling is a defeat for some domestic manufacturers.

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It came a year after he ruled here that Trump’s October 2020 decision to scrap tariff exemptions for two-way, or bi-parte, solar panels did not comply with an earlier court order.

Trump’s proclamation was a “clearly incorrect formulation” of a law intended to liberalize trade, and “constituted an action outside the delegated authority of the president,” Katzman wrote.

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Shares of some US solar panel makers fell after the decision. First Solar Inc. was down 8.6% in afternoon trading, while SunPower Corp. was down 2%.

A trade group, the Solar Energy Industries Association, and some developers challenged Trump’s announcement last December, accusing him of reintroducing tariffs without previously taking necessary procedures.

Bifacial technology is a small but growing segment of the solar panel market, which costs more but is capable of producing more electricity than conventional panels. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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