U.S officials probe tariffs on imported solar panels

Federal officials in the US have launched an investigation into whether the government should impose tariffs on certain imported solar panel technology.

The investigation, announced by the International Trade Commission (ITC), responds to a petition filed last month by bankrupt solar manufacturer Suniva Inc.

The company accused China and other Asian nations of “flooding” the US with solar cells and modules and called for emergency tariffs and price floors for four years, the maximum allowable time.

The ITC said that it would formally investigate and consider whether to recommend that President Trump impose such trade “safeguards”.

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