U.S. raises tariffs on Canadian solar products


U.S. Trade Representative Mary Ng and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai agreed to raise tariffs on Canadian solar products after a trade dispute resolution panel with Ottawa endorsed earlier this year. Said.

Canada claimed that tariffs violated the terms of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and sought support from the Dispute Resolution Commission last year.

In February, Canada said the panel confirmed that tariffs were “unjustified and violating” the trade agreement. The United States also said it won some aspects of the panel’s decision.

Since then, Washington and Ottawa have been in talks to resolve the dispute.

“Today I welcomed the agreement with the United States to eliminate US safeguards tariffs on solar products from Canada,” Ng said in a statement Thursday.

“The MOU also includes a mechanism to ensure that imports of solar products from Canada do not compromise existing US safeguards regarding imports of solar products,” the Thai office said. Stated in another statement.

Ng said the United States and Canada “share goals and commitments to combat climate change,” and tariff elimination “provides stability and predictability to the renewable energy sector and strengthens North America’s competitiveness.” Said.

Former US President Donald Trump first imposed “Section 201” safeguard tariffs on solar panels and cells imported in January 2018, but did not exempt Canada and Mexico from that obligation. USMCA terms eliminate most tariffs between North American partners.

U.S. President Joe Biden extended tariffs for another four years in February, but with a major concession to installers, he relaxed the terms and excluded the dominant panel technology in large U.S. projects. did.