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
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
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).