The Canada Border Services Agency determined that subsidies are being applied to the copper pipe fittings by Vietnam and sold at dumping prices to Canada. The CBSA said it has found 159 percent in margin of dumping and 30.6 percent in amount of subsidy in the Vietnamese products.
“The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is continuing its inquiry into the question of injury to the domestic industry and will make an order or finding by May 25, 2018,” the agency noted in its announcement. “Provisional duties will continue to be applied on imports of dumped and subsidized subject goods from Vietnam until the CITT concludes its inquiry and issues its finding.
A copy of the Statement of Reasons, which provides more details about these investigations, will be available on the CBSA’s website.
The CBSA launched investigations into certain copper pipe fittings exported from Vietnam in October 2017, following a complaint filed by a manufacturer in Cambridge, Ontario – Cello Products Inc. – who claimed that as a result of price undercutting from Vietnam, Cello faced losses in sales and market share. The firm alleges that it also suffered negative financial results, reduced production and employment due to that.
Vietnam’s copper pipe fittings under investigation were coded 7412.10.00.11, 7412.10.00.19, 7412.10.00.90 and 7412.20.00.11, as well as 7412.20.00.12, 7412.20.00.19 and 7412.20.00.90. The investigation period was from January 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017.
Currently, there are 98 special import measures in force in Canada, covering a wide variety of industrial and consumer products, from steel products to refined sugar. Of note, there are currently special import measures in place since June 2006 on copper pipe fittings from the United States, the Republic of Korea and China.