Canada to Probe Dumping and Subsidizing of Certain PV Modules and Laminates from China

published: 2014-12-08 15:58 | editor: | category: News

On December 5th, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced to initiate investigations into the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain PV modules and laminates imported from China. The preliminary determination or termination will be announced on March 5th, 2015.

The investigations follow a complaint filed by Eclipsall Energy Corporation (Toronto, Ontario); Heliene Inc. (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario); Silfab Ontario Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario); and Solgate Inc. (Woodbridge, Ontario) (the complainants). They accused that China’s certain PV products with subsidies are dumped to Canada and has injured domestic PV makers. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports from China are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by February, 2015. In the meantime, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and/or subsidized, and will make a preliminary decision by March 5th, 2015.

Under the Special Import Measures Act, Canadian producers are protected from the damaging effects of such unfair trade.

According to CBSA, the criteria are:

  • Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that are less than their selling prices in the exporter's domestic market or at unprofitable prices.
  • Subsidizing occurs when goods imported into Canada benefit from foreign government financial assistance.

Schedule (Source: CBSA)

President’s Investigations Schedule
December 5th, 2014 Initiation of the President’s dumping and subsidy investigations
December 19th, 2014 Statement of Reasons issued regarding the initiation of investigations
December 29th, 2014 Importer responses to CBSA’s Request for Information due
January 12th, 2015 Exporter and Government responses to CBSA’s Request for Information due
March 5th, 2015 Preliminary Determination or termination of the President’s dumping and subsidy investigations
March 20th, 2015 Statement of Reasons issued (Preliminary Determination or termination)
In the event of a Preliminary Determination
March 5th, 2015 Exporter and Importer ruling letters available
April 20th, 2015 Closing of the Record date
April 27th, 2015 Case Arguments due from all parties
May 4th, 2015 Reply Submissions due from all parties in respect of Case Arguments
June 3rd, 2015 Final Determination or Termination of the President’s dumping and subsidy investigations
June 3rd, 2015 Exporter and Importer ruling letters available
June 18th, 2015 Statement of Reasons issued (Final Determination or Termination)
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