The Canada Border Services Agency announced yesterday that it is launching two investigations to determine whether container chassis from China are being sold at unfair prices in Canada and whether these goods are being subsidized.
The investigations are the result of a complaint by Max-Atlas Equipment International Inc. of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Two other producers of container chassis, Di–Mond of Stony Creek, Ontario and Innovative Trailer Design of Toronto, Ontario have expressed support for the complaint. The complainant alleges that as a result of an increase of the volume of the dumped and subsidized imports from China, it has suffered material injury in the form of lost market share, lost sales, price undercutting, price depression, declining financial performance and reduced capacity utilization.
The CBSA and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) both play a role in the investigations. The CITT will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by August 9, 2021. Concurrently, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being sold in Canada at unfair prices and/or are being subsidized, and will make a preliminary decision by September 8, 2021.
There are 127 special import measures in force in Canada, 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 Canadian jobs.