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U.S. to lift tariffs on Canadian solar products – Reuters


Canada’s International Trade Minister Mary Ng speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Blair Gable

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OTTAWA/WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) – The United States has agreed to lift tariffs on Canadian solar products after a trade dispute settlement panel sided with Ottawa earlier this year, Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng and the office of U.S. Trade RepresentativeKatherine Tai said.

Canada, arguing that the tariffs violated the terms of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), had sought the assistance of a dispute settlement panel last year.

In February, Canada said the panel had confirmed that the tariffs were “unjustified and in violation” of the trade pact. The United States, too, said it had prevailed on some aspects of the panel’s decision. read more

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Washington and Ottawa have been engaged in talks to resolve the dispute since then.

“Today, I welcomed the agreement reached with the United States to remove the U.S. safeguard tariffs on solar products from Canada,” Ng said in a statement on Thursday.

“The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) also contains a mechanism to ensure that solar product imports from Canada do not undermine the existing U.S. safeguard measure on imports of solar products,” Tai’s office said in a separate statement.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/us-lift-tariffs-canadian-solar-products-minister-says-2022-07-07/

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