US Solar Product Tariffs to be Scrapped

The United States and Canada have agreed to scrap former US President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Canadian solar products.

International Trade Minister Mary Ng said the agreement would bring “stability and predictability” to Canada’s renewable energy sector. 

“[The agreement] is a clear recognition of Canada’s place as a leader in the fight against climate change, and that Canadian producers of solar technology will continue to supply global markets at an increasing rate,” Ng said.

The agreement followed Canada’s victory over the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) solar safeguard dispute in February. In 2021, Canada consulted with the US after the Trump administration failed to exempt the country from the solar safeguard measures.

In June, the Biden administration exempted four Asian countries from two-year solar panel tariffs. According to the White House, the US aims to accelerate its domestic production of clean energy technologies. 

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