CBSA launches investigation into the alleged dumping of certain concrete reinforcing bars from Bulgaria, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates

The Canadian government is taking action to protect domestic businesses and jobs from unfair international competition. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has launched an investigation into the alleged dumping of certain concrete reinforcing bars imported from Bulgaria, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

This investigation follows a complaint filed by major Canadian steel producers – AltaSteel Inc., ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation, Max Aicher North America Ltd., and Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 LP. The complainants claim that the influx of dumped imports from these countries has caused material injury to their businesses, resulting in lost market share, sales, price undercutting, price depression, price suppression, reduced capacity utilization, and negative impacts on financial performance.

Investigation Schedule of Events

The investigation process involves two key government bodies: the CBSA and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). By July 2, 2024, the CITT expects to have made a decision regarding its preliminary investigation into whether the imports are harming Canadian producers. Concurrently, the CBSA will investigate whether these imports are being sold in Canada at unfair prices, with a preliminary decision due by August 1, 2024.

This action is part of Canada’s efforts to maintain a fair and competitive business environment for domestic manufacturers and producers. Currently, there are 150 special import measures in force, covering a wide range of industrial and consumer products, from steel to refined sugar. These measures have directly helped to protect approximately 30,000 Canadian jobs and $11 billion in Canadian production.

ARGO Customs Brokers Can Help You Navigate the Regulations Stipulated by the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA)

The Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) is a law that the CBSA enforces to shield Canadian producers and manufacturers from unfair foreign import competition. SIMA specifically addresses anti-dumping and countervailing actions for imported goods.

By taking proactive steps to investigate and address unfair pricing practices, the Canadian government aims to foster a level playing field for domestic businesses and safeguard the interests of Canadian workers and the economy.

If you are planning to import goods into Canada, it is advisable to consult with ARGO Customs Brokers to ensure compliance with SIMA and other import regulations. We can provide you with detailed information about applicable duties and any special measures related to your specific goods.

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