Canadian Manufacturing

Officials investigate alleged dumping of solar panels by China

Trade tribunal ruled there was "reasonable indication" dumping of solar panels from China causing "injury to domestic industry"

OTTAWA—The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is expected to issue a preliminary ruling by March 5 on alleged dumping of subsidized solar panels by China following a decision by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

The tribunal ruled there was a “reasonable indication that the dumping and subsidizing of photovoltaic modules and laminates from the People’s Republic of China have caused injury or are threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry.”

The tribunal said the case was prompted by an investigation by the CBSA, which will now continue its inquiry.

The CBSA launched its investigation after complaints were filed by a handful of Ontario-based firms, including Eclipsall Energy Corp., Heliene Inc., Silfab Ontario Inc., and Solgate Inc.

The companies approached the federal agency last year, claiming the alleged dumping of solar panels was harming Canadian production.

The case could lead to anti-dumping duties levied by Canada against the Chinese manufacturers.

—With files from Cleantech Canada Staff

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