Canada seeks dispute settlement over ‘unwarranted’ US solar trade tariffs



Sean Rai-Roche | PVTECH

Canada has requested a dispute settlement panel regarding US safeguard tariffs on solar products from Canada after failing to resolve the issue through consultations.

The request was made under Chapter 31 of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) on 22 December 2020. Under CUSMA timeframes, the panel would be expected to issue a report on the topic by early 2022.

Since the tariffs of 18% were imposed in early 2018, Canadian exports of solar products to the US have plummeted by 82%.

“These tariffs are unwarranted and damaging to the global competitiveness of our long-established, secure, and deeply integrated supply chains,” said Mary Ng, Canadian minister of small business, export promotion and international trade.

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