ANNOUNCEMENT 26 Apr 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency announced on April 26, 2018 several changes to its conduct of trade-remedy investigations, most of which do not appear to favor either petitioners or respondents.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

3

  • 2 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising
Inception date: No inception date

Anti-dumping

The Canada Border Services Agency announced on April 26, 2018 several changes to its conduct of trade-remedy investigations. Some of these changes do not appear to favor either petitioners or respondents, but could instead be useful to either side. That description seems to apply to the amendments affecting scope proceedings (i.e., a determination as to whether certain goods fall within the scope of an existing anti-dumping and/or countervailing measure), anti-circumvention investigations (i.e., a determination as to whether the circumvention of an existing anti-dumping and/or countervailing measure is occurring), and amendments allowing the the CBSA to disregard certain sales when determining normal values in a dumping investigation (i.e., any sales of like goods for use in the country of export that do not permit a proper comparison with the sale of the goods to the importer in Canada due to the existence of a particular market situation).

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
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AFFECTED PRODUCTS

 
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Inception date: 26 Apr 2018 | Removal date: open ended

Anti-dumping

One change may tend to favor the imposition of orders by providing new opportunities for a group that is more likely to favor than impose them. The CBSA will provide full participatory rights to trade unions in dumping and subsidy investigations. A trade union that is identified as a party to a proceeding may request information, and it may provide information to the CBSA for use in the proceeding. The union may choose to be represented by counsel and may submit case arguments in the same way as other parties.

 
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Inception date: 26 Apr 2018 | Removal date: open ended

Anti-subsidy

One change may tend to favor the imposition of orders by providing new opportunities for a group that is more likely to favor than impose them. The CBSA will provide full participatory rights to trade unions in dumping and subsidy investigations. A trade union that is identified as a party to a proceeding may request information, and it may provide information to the CBSA for use in the proceeding. The union may choose to be represented by counsel and may submit case arguments in the same way as other parties.

 
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