On January 15, 2014, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) commenced a reinvestigation of of the normal values and export prices of certain copper pipe fittings originating in or exported from the United States of America, the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China (China) and the amounts of subsidy of the same products originating in or exported from China.
The subject goods are described as solder joint pressure pipe fittings and solder joint drainage, waste and vent pipe fittings, made of cast copper alloy, wrought copper alloy or wrought copper, for use in heating, plumbing, air conditioning and refrigeration applications, originating in or exported from the United States of America, the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China. A complete list is available.
The re-investigation is part of the CBSA’s ongoing enforcement of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s findings of material injury issued on February 19, 2007. The findings were subsequently reviewed and continued on February 17, 2012. It is anticipated that this re-investigation will be concluded by May 30, 2014.
The last reinvestigation commenced on September 26, 2012 and concluded on February 8, 2013. In 2013, the following exporters (listed by country) received normal values:
Elkhart Products Corporation
Mueller Industries Inc.
Republic of Korea
Jungwoo Metal Ind. Co., Ltd.
People’s Republic of China
Zhuji City Howhi Air Conditioners Made Co., Ltd.
Additional exporters may participate in the current reinvestigation process if they wish to sell copper pipe fittings into Canada. If distributors in the United States wish to be able to sell copper pipe fittings to Canada (other than Nibco, Elkhart and Mueller), they will have to obtain normal values.
The CBSA’s reinvestigation schedule does not allow much time to decide whether to participate. Work on the exporter RFIs should be started quickly.