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The Canada Border Services Agency has initiated an investigation into the alleged injurious dumping of greenhouse Bell peppers originating in or exported from the Netherlands.

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association in Toronto issued a notice of the action March 31 to its membership.

The investigation follows a complaint filed by the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers in Leamington, ON, alleging that the dumping of these goods is harming Canadian production by causing lost sales, price erosion, price suppression, reduction in gross margins and reduced profits.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers. The agency will issue a decision by May 21. During the time that the tribunal is examining the question of injury, the agency will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and will make a decision by June 21.

If the tribunal determines that an unusually large increase in imports has occurred and caused harm prior to the agency's June 21 decision, and that a retroactive application of anti-dumping or countervailing duty is therefore justified, a duty could be levied on the goods brought into Canada as of the date the CBSA announcement was made.

The agency will publish a copy of the statement of reasons providing more details about the investigation on its web site, www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca, within 15 days of the announcement. Information on the agency's Anti-dumping & Countervailing Program or the Special Import Measures Act can also be found on this site.