Photovoltaic modules and laminates - SML 2020 ER
Notice of initiation of expiry review investigation

Ottawa, May 22, 2020

On May 21, 2020, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), pursuant to subsection 76.03(3) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), initiated an expiry review of its finding made on July 3, 2015, in Inquiry Number NQ‑2014‑003, concerning the dumping and subsidizing of certain photovoltaic modules and laminates originating in or exported from China.

As a result of the CITT’s expiry review, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated an expiry review investigation to determine, pursuant to paragraph 76.03(7)(a) of SIMA, whether the expiry of the finding is likely to result in the continuation or resumption of dumping and/or subsidizing of the subject goods. The CBSA will make a determination no later than October 16, 2020, and will issue a Statement of Reasons by October 30, 2020.

The subject goods are “Photovoltaic modules and laminates consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, including laminates shipped or packaged with other components of photovoltaic modules, and thin‑film photovoltaic products produced from amorphous silicon (a‑Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), or copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China, excluding:

modules, laminates or thin‑film products with a power output not exceeding 100W, 195W monocrystalline photovoltaic modules made of 72 monocrystalline cells, each cell being no more than 5 inches in width and height; and also excluding modules, laminates or thin‑film products incorporated into electrical goods where the function of the electrical goods is other than power generation and these electrical goods consume the electricity generated by the photovoltaic product”

The subject goods are normally classified under the following tariff classification number:

This listing of tariff classification numbers is for convenience of reference only. Refer to the product definition for authoritative details regarding the subject goods.

As part of its expiry review investigation, the CBSA has solicited responses to questionnaires from Canadian producers, importers and exporters. Any Canadian producers, importers or exporters who have not received a letter from the CBSA who wish to provide a response to the questionnaire are advised to contact the CBSA SIMA Registry and Disclosure Unit at the email address included below. Responses to all questionnaires are due at the CBSA SIMA Registry and Disclosure Unit’s email address by June 29, 2020.

A detailed schedule for the investigation is available at:

Questions relating to the expiry review should be addressed to:

  • Shawn Ryan: 902‑943‑1849
  • Jacob Saulnier: 613‑957‑0025


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