Canada to review pepper dumping claim
by Christina DiMartino | April 01, 2010
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.