February 9 (Renewables Now) - A group of Canadian companies are suing the US government over the tariffs it decided to impose on imported solar cells and modules.
A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday at the US Court of International Trade in New York by Canadian Solar Solutions Inc, Canadian Solar (USA) Inc, Silfab Solar Inc and Heliene Inc, the Canadian Press reported.
The legal action claims that the 30% solar tariff breaches the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It states that the International Trade Commission's (ITC) investigation found no significant harm for US manufacturers from Canadian products and that the ITC did not recommend tariffs on Canada.
In late January US President Donald Trump approved recommendations to impose a safeguard tariff on solar imports of 30% in the first year that will be reduced to 25% in the second year, 20% in the third and 15% in the fourth. The first 2.5 GW of imported solar cells will be exempt from the additional tariff every year.