Demand for compensation is implicit in all the WTO filings so far. Credit: GCL System

Demand for compensation is implicit in all the WTO filings so far. Credit: GCL System

Vietnam has filed a complaint with World Trade Organisation (WTO) requesting consultations with the US over its 30% solar import tariffs and discussions over compensation, according to a WTO filing dated 2 March.

The Southeast Asian country joins a bulging list of nations filing complaints at the WTO over the PV tariffs. Malaysia and the Philippines were the next most recent to do so. They were preceded by Singapore, the EU, Taiwan, South Korea and China.

Vietnam, South Korea and China all explicitly mentioned a demand for compensation in their WTO filings, although a US-based lawyer has told PV Tech that demand for compensation is implicit in all the WTO filings so far and all the countries have reserved the right to raise additional issues and take further legal action.

Vietnam has also filed a similar complaint regarding the US import tariffs on washing machines that were announced simultaneously to the solar trade measures, that came about due to a Section 201 petition.

The last Section 201 case regarding steel tariffs imposed by the US was overturned by the WTO in 2003.

Last month, several Canadian solar manufacturers, Silfab, Heliene, Canadian Solar and Canadian Solar Solutions, also filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, claiming that they will suffer “immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries” as a result of the new safeguard measures.

Tags: vietnam, wto, us, usa, tariffs, section 201, ssfasia18

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