Federal Government Agency Takes Steps to Protect Canada's Producers of Carbon Steel Welded Pipe



    OTTAWA, Jan. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Today the Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced the initiation of investigations into the alleged injurious
dumping and subsidizing of certain carbon steel welded pipe originating in or
exported from the People's Republic of China.
    The investigations follow a complaint filed by ArcelorMittal of Montréal,
Quebec. The company alleges that the dumping and subsidizing of the goods in
question are harming Canadian production by causing price erosion, price
suppression, lost sales, reduced market share, lost revenues, reduced
profitability, reduced production and overcapacity, lost employment and plant
shut downs, increased inventory levels and impairment to make future
investments.
    Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that
are less than their selling prices in the exporter's domestic market or at
unprofitable prices. Subsidizing occurs when goods imported into Canada
benefit from foreign government financial assistance. The Special Import
Measures Act protects Canadian producers from the damaging effects of such
unfair trade.
    The Canadian International Trade Tribunal will now begin a preliminary
inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers. The
Tribunal will issue a decision by March 25, 2008. While the Tribunal is
examining the question of injury, the CBSA will investigate whether the
imports are being dumped and/or subsidized and will make a decision by April
22, 2008.
    If there is a large increase in harmful imports and the Tribunal decides
that retroactive application of anti-dumping or countervailing duty is
justified, duty could be levied on the goods brought into Canada as of today.
    A copy of the Statement of Reasons, which provides more details about
these investigations, will be available on the CBSA's website at
www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/menu-eng.html within 15 days. More information
on the CBSA's Anti-dumping and Countervailing Program or the Special Import
Measures Act, can also be found on this site.




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations, Canada Border Services Agency,
(613) 957-6500


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