The CBSA launches investigation into line pipe from the Republic of Korea
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it has launched an investigation into whether or not certain carbon and alloy steel line pipe from the Republic of Korea are being sold at unfair prices into the Canadian market.
The investigation is a result of a complaint filed by EVRAZ Inc. NA Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan) and Canadian National Steel Corporation (Camrose, Alberta). The complainants allege that jobs, profits and productivity in Canada are being harmed by the sale of these goods.
Currently, there are 54 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 March 2016 on line pipe from China.
Line pipe can be used for oil and gas transmission purposes or process piping purposes. In this case, the line pipe is made of carbon and alloy steel.
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 August 7, 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 September 6, 2017.
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.
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