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May 17, 2017
More time needed in investigation of dumping of silicon metal from seven countries
Due to the complexity and novelty of the issues presented by the investigations into the dumping of certain silicon metal originating in or exported from Brazil, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Norway, Russia and Thailand and the subsidizing of the same merchandise from Brazil, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway and Thailand, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that it extended the 90-day period for making preliminary decisions, pertaining to all or part of the investigations, to 135 days.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal determined in April that there is preliminary evidence that dumping and/or subsidizing have caused injury or are threatening to cause injury to Canadian industry. Provisional anti-dumping duties could be applied to the goods in question if CBSA confirms that they are the subject of dumping and/or subsidizing.
The decision by CBSA to issue its preliminary determination, or to terminate all or part of the investigation, will now be made on or before July 5, 2017.
The CBSA also issued a notice that it was initiating a Section 20 Inquiry as it now has reason to believe that the Government of Kazakhstan plays a significant role in the silicon metal sector in Kazakhstan and that all known silicon metal producers in Kazakhstan are state owned enterprises. The CBSA has reason to believe that the prices in the silicon metal sector in Kazakhstan are not substantially the same as they would be if they were determined in a competitive market.
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