OTTAWA, Oct. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it is launching an investigation into whether or not certain copper pipe fittings (CPF) originating in or exported from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) are being sold at unfair prices in Canada. It will also investigate whether or not subsidies are being applied to certain CPF originating in or exported from Vietnam.
The investigations are the result of a complaint filed by Cello Products Inc. (Cello) of Cambridge, Ontario. The complainant alleges that as a result of price undercutting from Vietnam, Cello faces lost sales and market share, resulting in negative financial results, reduced production and employment.
Currently, there are 98 special import measures in force, covering a wide variety of industrial and consumer products, from steel products to refined sugar. These measures have directly helped to protect the Canadian economy and jobs in Canada. Of note, there are currently special import measures in place since June 2006 on CPF from the United States of America, the Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China.
- CPF are used to connect copper pipes, tubes or other CPF to one another. The fittings can also be used to connect copper tubing to other metal systems by use of threaded fittings. CPF can be used in heating, plumbing, air conditioning, and refrigeration applications.
- The CBSA and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) both play a role in investigations. The CITT will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by December 27, 2017.
- Concurrently, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being sold in Canada at unfair and/or subsidized prices, and will make a preliminary decision by January 25, 2018.
- 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.gc.ca/sima-lmsi within 15 days.
Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) Investigative Process and Timeframes
Overview of Canada's Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Investigative Processes
Canada Border Services Agency, Anti-dumping and Countervailing
Canadian International Trade Tribunal
SOURCE Canada Border Services Agency
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