The US is doing away with the tariffs on Japanese aluminium used in Tesla’s battery cells

FILE PHOTO: A driver is able to charge the battery of a Tesla car, Tesla Super-charging station in a petrol station on the highway in Sailly-Flibeaucourt, France, on January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department has agreed to Model Inc. request for waiver of the 10 per cent import duty on imported aluminum from Japan, and is used in the production of cells in the battery pack in Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, government documents show.

The Palo Alto, Calif. – based company made the request in the documents in April, and told me that the aluminium will be manufactured by Nippon Light Metal Co. Ltd., is looking for a rate to be eligible for a 10,000-tonne-per-year.

The Ministry of Commerce said in a document dated the 5th of June and placed on the website of the government in the past few days, and that aluminum is not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality.” The permit is good for one year. Tesla did not immediately reply.

The battery cells are mounted in packages, which are the source of power for the Tesla Model 3 vehicle, with the storage of energy products, Tesla said in its petition. “Tesla is the only manufacturer of these types of batteries, as well as the planned production of the batteries will increase exponentially over the next few years,” at the request of the company, it said.

His request for the exclusion of specified a different width, and the thickness of the aluminum plate. Tesla said that the AMERICAN manufacturers may not be able to “meet in the alloy composition or the thickness requirements in. Domestic producers will not be able to meet the annual volume requirement.”

There has been no objection filed to his application.

Tesla previously been sought for another, the rate of waivers of the u.s. Trade Representative Office of China-made parts, including the Model 3, the on-board computer of the vehicle, and the auto-pilot, “brains”, which are to be rejected.

Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Sandra Maler

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