Canada is set to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and the European Union in imposing anti-dumping (AD) tariffs on solar modules produced in China.
The countrys CBSA announced over the weekend that it has begun investigations into allegations that Chinese solar companies have imported dumped and subsidized solar modules and laminates into Canada.
Four Canadian companies, all based in the province of Ontario, have made official complaints to the CBSA about their AD concerns. The complainants are Eclipsall Energy Corporation, Heliene, Silfab Ontario and Solgate.
The investigations will draw on responses gleaned from todays anti-subsidy case held at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, which will sit this week to assess potential anti-dumping measures that the U.S. Department of Commerce may seek to impose on Chinese suppliers.
While the U.S. ruling due mid-January could have far-reaching effects on Chinas solar industry, Canadas investigations will be of relatively little concern, said a leading analyst in China.
"We do not treat this as a serious threat," Meng Xiangan, deputy director of the China Renewable Energy Society, told local press in China. "The makor markets now for solar products around the world are Japan, the U.S. and China. The Canadian market is a small one.
"We have been through this with the EU and the U.S. It actually highlights the competitiveness and status of Chinese solar products on the world stage," Xiangan added.