MARKHAM, ONT. — The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) is disappointed with the Jan. 24 announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) decision to place anti-dumping duties on Canadian fabricated structural steel.
According to a CISC release, the Canadian steel industry believes the announced duty calculations against Canada are unlawful and will actively and aggressively pursue all avenues to correct the finding.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) heard the structural steel trade case levied against Canada, Mexico and China on Jan. 28, where they assessed past and future injury against the domestic industry. Depending on the ITC decision, Canada could face duties of 6.7 per cent on structural steel exports to the U.S.
In Feb. 2019, the American Institute of Steel Construction initiated an anti-dumping and countervailing trade case on imports of fabricated structural steel from China, Mexico and Canada into the United States. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission then proceeded with an investigation to see whether the U.S. industry was being materially injured or threatened with material injury by the three countries.
In Sept. 2019, the DOC said there was little to no evidence of dumping into the U.S., indicating that Canadian steel exporters operate at fair market price all the while trading fairly in the U.S. market, states the release.
“We will ask the Canadian government to defend our industry from unlawful trade action,” says Ed Whalen, President and CEO of the CISC, in a statement.
“This is clearly a move to prevent Canada from participating in the American market rather than illegal trade. We will pursue all avenues and provisions under NAFTA and WTO to ensure fairness in trade is preserved.”