August 26, 2016
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) launched an investigation on whether certain concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from Belarus, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), and Hong Kong is being sold at unfair prices in Canada.
The investigation is the result of a complaint filed by manufacturers in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. The complainants allege that as a result of price undercutting from the subject countries/territories, Canadian producers face lost revenue and market share, resulting in reduced production and employment.
In the next step of the investigation the Canadian International Trade Tribunal began its preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are actually harming the Canadian producers and will issue a decision by October 18, 2016.
Concurrently, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are actually being sold in Canada at unfair prices, and will make a preliminary decision by November 17, 2016.
Anti-dumping and countervailing 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.
CBSA Notice of Initiation of Investigation
Tribunal's Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2016-002