Trade tribunal to review curtainwall tariffs
By Patrick Flannery
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has begun a review of its 2013 decision to impose tariffs on Chinese curtainwall imports to Canada. The tariffs are due to expire on Nov. 11. According to the CITT notice, the tariffs will only be renewed if the Canadian Border Services Agency determines expiry of the tariffs will “result in the continuation or resumption of dumping and subsidizing of the subject goods.” If the tariffs are renewed, they will remain in place for another five years.
The CBSA has issued questionnaires to the parties participating in the 2013 process, including Allan Window, Ferguson Neudorf, Flynn Canada, Aluminum Curtainwall Systems, Oldcastle Building Envelope, Sota Glazing, Starline Architectural Windows, State Windows, Toro Aluminum and Windsor Glass. The government of China, Jangho Curtain Wall and Yuanda will also be invited to participate. The investigation closes Nov. 7 and the CBSA’s decision is due Jan. 24. Responses to the questionnaires are due Sept. 25.
“If industry doesn’t respond to show that this is injurious dumping then the tariffs will be scrapped and we will be competing against the Chinese for large projects,” commented Jim Brady of Cal-Tech Glass Services, former Canadian Glass Association president.