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August 1, 2018
Canada requests NAFTA review of U.S. tariffs on Canadian solar panels
The Government of Canada announced that it requested a NAFTA Chapter 20 panel review of U.S. tariffs on solar panels.
The United States imposed, in January, a 30 percent safeguard tariff on imports of solar panels from all countries including Canada.
Global Affairs notes that the U.S. tariffs were applied to Canadian goods despite the United States International Trade Commission recommendation that Canada be excluded from any safeguard measures after finding that imports from Canada are not a source of injury to U.S. industry.
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said: "The U.S. tariffs on Canadian solar panels have affected businesses and workers on both sides of the border. The tariffs violate NAFTA rules and were imposed despite the fact that the United States International Trade Commission found that imports of solar panels from Canada were not harming U.S. industry."
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