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Trade tribunal to rule Dec. 11 on pipe dumping

CITT will determine if injury caused to Canadian suppliers.


August 15, 2012
by CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA: The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has initiated a final inquiry into the dumping of carbon steel welded pipe in Canada by several countries from the Mideast to Asia.

The tribunal said it would rule Dec. 11 on whether the dumping and subsidizing have caused injury or threaten to cause injury to the domestic industry.

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.
Subsidies occur when goods imported into Canada benefit from foreign government financial assistance.

At issue is the dumping of what is commonly identified as standard pipe, in the nominal size range from 1/2 inch up to six inches (12.7 millimetres to 168.3 millimetres) in various forms and finishes.

The pipe either originated in or was exported by Taiwan, India, Korea, Thailand, Turkey the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The latest move by the tribunal is in response to a notice from the Canada Border Services Agency that preliminary determinations had been made respecting the dumping and subsidizing of the goods.

The tribunal began its investigation in May after receiving complaints from Novamerican Steel Inc. of Montreal and Bolton Steel Tube Co. Ltd. of Bolton, Ont.

The tribunal is an independent quasi-judicial body that, among other things, hears cases on dumped and subsidized imports.

It has the power to impose duties on such imports, raising their price and taking away the exporting country’s trade advantage, if dumping or subsidizing allegations and injury are upheld.

© 2012 The Canadian Press