Government of USA waives solar import tariffs for SEA nations

The Government of the United States of America (USA) has waived tariffs on solar imports from four Southeast Asian (SEA) countries, including Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, for a period of two years.

These countries account for about 80 per cent of total panel imports into the USA. The tariff exemption was made to ensure sufficient supply of solar panels in the domestic market to meet energy generation requirements while domestic manufacturing capacity is increased till 2024. Currently, manufacturing accounts for a small percentage of the solar industry in the USA, with the majority of jobs centred on project planning, installation, and construction.

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