Heliene applauds historic CUSMA panel finding that US tariffs on solar products from Canada are illegal
SAULT STE. MARY, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Government of Canada announced its victory in the second dispute in the history of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). In a unanimous decision, the CUSMA panel found that safeguard tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) solar modules imported from Canada violate CUSMA rules and recommended that the United States is meeting its commitments under the trade pact. The United States, which initially imposed the tariffs in 2018 as part of a global safeguard measure, will have until March 16 (45 days from the panel’s decision) to end the tariffs on imports. from Canada as recommended by the Panel.
Heliene, a supplier customer of North American-made solar modules in Ontario, Minnesota and Florida, applauds the decision. “Today’s decision benefits solar workers and producers in both countries. I am grateful to the Government of Canada for its work in this landmark case to uphold CUSMA rules and unleash even more investment and manufacturing in the solar sector in North America,” said Martin Pochtaruk, President of ‘Heliane. “We look forward to moving forward with new expansion plans and developing the world’s best high quality, cutting edge solar products to serve the North American market.
Canadian Minister for International Trade, Mary Ng, said:It was made clear today in the CUSMA Dispute Settlement Panel Report that tariffs on Canadian solar products violate CUSMA. Canada will work towards the complete elimination of these unjustified tariffs. Canada will also ensure that our solar industry, and all Canadian industries and workers, can fully benefit from CUSMA.
Heliene is one of the fastest growing home module manufacturers in North America, serving the utility, commercial and residential markets. With a remarkably responsive in-house logistics team and support staff, Heliene provides competitively priced, high-performance solar modules precisely when and where customers need them to accelerate the transition to clean energy in North America. North. Founded in 2010, Heliene is recognized as a highly bankable Tier 1 module manufacturer and has production facilities located in Ontario, Minnesota and Florida. For more information, visit www.heliene.com.