March 3, 2017
The Government of Canada announced that it would reduce the anti-dumping duties which were imposed on drywall imported from the United States into Western Canada.
Western Canadian stakeholders had raised concerns that the duties threatened the stability of the Western Canadian construction industry and could affect rebuilding efforts in Fort McMurray.
The Government is implementing an ongoing reduction in final anti-dumping duties, as recommended by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), effective February 24, 2017.
By Order in Council P.C. 2017-175 (to be published in the March 8 edition of the Canada Gazette) the Government established new minimum import prices ("reference values") applicable to drywall imported from the U.S. for use or consumption in Western Canada that are 32.17 per cent lower than the normal values originally established in the anti-dumping investigation.
This duty reduction is intended to maintain competitive conditions in the Western Canadian drywall market and mitigate the potential for supply shortages in Western Canada, while also ensuring a reasonable return on sales for domestic producers.
As recommended by the CITT, the Government intends to review the reduced duty level one year from now, to ensure it is having the intended effects.