CHICAGO The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) have initiated an anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigation into imports of Chinese silicon.
The investigation follows a complaint by Becancour, Quebec-based Quebec Silicon LP, which is majority-owned by Globe Specialty Metals Inc., New York.
"For years, Chinese exporters have targeted Canada and sold silicon metal at prices that decimated the market," Globe chief executive officer Jeff Bradley said in a statement. "Globe has a policy of defending its investments and workers by pursuing, when appropriate, trade measures in response to companies that sell their products at dumped prices and countries that subsidize their exports."
The CITT is scheduled to issue a preliminary decision by June 21 on whether the imports are injuring Canadian producers, and the CBSA is expected to make a preliminary determination by July 22 on whether the Chinese shipments are being dumped or subsidized. If the investigation continues, the CITT likely would hold a public hearing in the fall and issue a final decision in late 2013, Globe said.
Globe said that if duties are imposed, they would take effect July 22, although it noted that they could be applied retroactively to April 22. The duties would be paid by the importer of the material, the company said. "It should be noted that this means the party that is not the importer of record for customs purposes may be liable for the duties." A Canadian purchaser, for example, could be treated as an importer even if the company was not directly involved with arranging the physical importation of the goods, it said.
Globe said that any duties would be imposed for five years, but could later be renewed for subsequent five-year periods.
Meanwhile, a union official told AMM that unionized workers at Quebec Silicon are bracing for a potential strike or lockout as a labor contract nears its expiration (amm.com, April 19).