June 10, 2016
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) launched an investigation into whether or not certain gypsum board from the United States is being sold at unfair prices into the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
The investigation follows a complaint filed by manufacturer in Ontario. The complainant alleges that jobs, profits and productivity in Canada are being harmed by imports of these goods.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal will now begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming the Canadian producer and will issue a decision by August 8, 2016.
If the Tribunal finds harm, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being sold in Canada at unfair prices, and will make a preliminary decision by September 6, 2016.
Anti-dumping duties could eventually be applied to the goods under investigation. Although such duties are normally only applied to goods released on or after the date of the CBSA's preliminary determination, if the Tribunal determines that an unusually large increase in harmful imports has occurred prior to the CBSA's decision and that the retroactive application of anti-dumping duty is therefore justified, duty could be levied on the goods brought into Canada as of the investigation's starting date.
Link: Notice of Initiation of Investigations