February 18th, 2018

Three Canadian solar panel manufacturers sue U.S. over 30 per cent tariffs

By The Canadian Press on February 8, 2018.

A worker walks past a newly installed solar panel on the roof of the police station in Halifax on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Silfab Solar Inc., Heliene Inc. and Canada Solar Solutions Inc. are suing the U.S. government over the 30% tariffs it imposed last month on solar panel imports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

TORONTO – Three Canadian solar panel manufacturers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the 30 per cent tariff it set on solar cell imports last month.

Ontario-based Silfab Solar Inc., Heliene Inc., and Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., along with U.S.-based distributor Canadian Solar (USA) Inc., filed the challenge at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on Wednesday.

The lawsuit claims that an investigation last year by the International Trade Commission found Canadian products don’t significantly hurt U.S. manufacturers and don’t account for much of the overall imports of solar cells to the country.

The companies state that the Commission made no recommendation of tariffs on Canadian solar cells, and that the imposition of them goes against rules in NAFTA.

The lawsuit claims that the tariffs, which the U.S. administration says was done to put American companies and jobs first, will inflict immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries to the companies.

The tariffs on solar cells, which are combined to create solar panels, have also been challenged by the EU, China, South Korea, and Taiwan at the World Trade Organization.

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