U.S. waives tariffs on Japanese aluminium for Tesla battery cells

U.S. waives tariffs on Japanese aluminium for Tesla battery cells
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department has agreed to Tesla Inc’s request to waive 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminium from Japan used in the manufacture of battery cells at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, government documents show.

The Palo Alto, California-based company made the request in April and said the aluminium is produced by Nippon Light Metal Co Ltd and was seeking a tariff exclusion for 10 million kilograms annually.

The Commerce Department said in a document dated June 5 and posted in recent days that the aluminium “is not produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality.” The waiver is good for one year. Tesla did not immediately comment.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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