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CBSA investigates dumping of unitized wall modules from China

Canadian manufacturers allege harm to their businesses, including lost sales and jobs.


March 5, 2013
by PLANT STAFF

OTTAWA — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is investigating complaints from several Canadian companies of alleged dumping and subsidizing of unitized wall modules coming from China.

The complainants claim the imports from the People’s Republic of China are harming Canadian producers by causing reduced market share, lost sales and orders, price depression and suppression, reduced capacity utilization, reduced employment and reduced profits.

According to the complaint, wall modules are aluminium-framed engineered products that form the building envelope or facade for multi-story buildings. Unitized wall modules, which interlock with each other, are assembled at a production facility and shipped to a building site for installation.

The agency said the complaint is the second attempt by Canadian manufacturers of the products to seek protection against wall unit imports deemed injurious. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal conducted a preliminary injury inquiry and concluded in September that the evidence did not disclose injury to the Canadian industry and ended the inquiry.

The new complaint addresses deficiencies identified from the first complaint and the CBSA said it is satisfied there’s a reasonable indication of injury.

The Tribunal will begin another preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by May 3.

Meanwhile, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and/or subsidized, and will make a preliminary decision by June 3.

Complainants include: Allan Window Technologies (Concord, Ont.), Ferguson Neudorf (Beamsville, Ont.), Flynn Canada Ltd. (Mississauga, Ont.), Inland Glass & Aluminum Ltd./Aluminum Curtainwall Systems Inc. (Kamloops, BC), Oldcastle Building Envelope (Concord, Ont.), Sota Glazing Inc. (Brampton, Ont.), Starline Architectural Windows Ltd. (Langley, BC), State Window Corporation (Concord, Ont.), Toro Aluminum/Toro Glasswall Inc. (Concord, Ont.) and Windsor Glass Company (1992) Ltd. operating as Contract Glaziers (Windsor, Ont.).