6 July 2012
New Certification Requirements for All Importers of Solar Panels
CBP issued a message on 13 June outlining new requirements for all importers of solar panels in light of the recent imposition of AD and CV duty deposit requirements on solar cells and panels from mainland China, including solar panels produced in third countries from mainland Chinese solar cells. CBP states that importers of solar panels from all countries that do not contain mainland Chinese solar cells are required to certify that the panels do not contain mainland Chinese solar cells and provide this certification at CBP's request. If an importer does not provide this certification when CBP requests it, the DOC has instructed CBP to collect AD and CV duties on the corresponding imports.
Importers of solar panels exported from mainland China that do not contain mainland Chinese solar cells are also required to maintain a certification from the exporter. If importers of this merchandise do not provide both the importer and exporter certification when CBP requests it, the DOC has instructed CBP to collect AD and CV duties on the corresponding imports. CBP notes that these certifications should not be provided as part of the entry document package unless specifically requested. CBP may also request additional documentation supporting the certification.