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Canada’s Trade Tribunal agrees with Steelworkers on Foreign Dumping Case

Steel News - Published on Thu, 21 Feb 2019

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The United Steelworkers union welcomed a Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) ruling that Canada’s steel industry has been harmed by illegal dumping of steel pipe by Vietnam, Pakistan, Turkey and the Philippines. Alain Duhamel, President of USW Local 2423, which represents 65 workers at Nova Tube’s Montreal plant, said "Dumping has been a long-standing problem for our factory. The situation has become more precarious since the US tariffs were imposed on our steel. Foreign pipes that previously entered the United States are now flooding the Canadian market, while it is also more difficult to sell our products on the American market because of the US tariffs. So we are doubly affected. This is what we explained to the Tribunal, which has responded to the impact of dumping on our workers.”

Alain Croteau, the Steelworkers’ Quebec Director, said “When we put faces to the human impact of these trade issues, it can have a more tangible effect and the tribunal recognized this impac. The United Steelworkers is the only union that is participating in such hearings. We continue to be vigilant for our key economic sectors affected by the current trade war in the United States and its collateral damage such as dumping.”

USW Canadian Director Ken Neumann added “The key problem facing Canadian workers, producers and communities continues to be the baseless and illegal US tariffs of 25% on Canadian steel and 10% on Canadian aluminum. Canada’s government must take stronger action to defend Canadian workers and communities against these absurd US tariffs. The federal government must be clear that it will not ratify the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement unless the US tariffs are lifted.”

The CITT ruling follows a complaint by Montreal-based pipe manufacturer Nova Tube and testimony delivered by USW members during hearings held by the tribunal in January. The Steelworkers testified that Canadian workers and producers are facing job losses and considerable uncertainty due to foreign dumping and the imposition of 25% US tariffs on Canadian steel. The CITT has ruled that Vietnam, Pakistan, Turkey and the Philippines have illegally dumped carbon steel welded pipe, more commonly known as standard pipe, in Canada, and the dumping of the above-mentioned goods … has caused injury to the domestic industry. The CITT has ruled that standard pipe from the Philippines, Pakistan, Turkey and Vietnam will be subject to tariffs ranging from 46% to 66% for the next 5 years.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 21 Feb 2019
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