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Tag Archives: Canadian International Trade Tribunal

Canada’s New Formalized Process for AD/CVD Scope Rulings

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Trade Remedies

There is a new/formalized antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) procedure in Canada.  Importers may now request a formal AD/CVD Scope Ruling from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).  Only the CBSA can make Scope Rulings relating to a Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) AD/CVD Order.  Importers should consider filing a request for a Scope… Continue Reading

The Government of Canada Has Not Appointed Needed Canadian International Trade Tribunal Members

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Government Procurement

Canada is nearing a trade law crisis point that, quite frankly, is avoidable and easily solved.  There are too few permanent members of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) for the workload.  Section 3 of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act provides for the appointment of a Chairman and six (6) permanent members to the… Continue Reading

Companies Who Did Not Export Dumped or Subsidized Goods Should Ask CITT or Minister of Finance To Be Removed From Order

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

On December 8, 2017, in LE-2017-003, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) decided to not initiate an expiry review (Canada’s sunset review) with respect to carbon steel welded pipe manufactured by Conares Metal Supply Ltd. (“Conares”) from the United Arab Emirates. The CITT found that an expiry review was warranted with respect to carbon steel… Continue Reading

Canada Commences PET Resin Antidumping/Countervailing Duty Injury Inquiry

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

On November 17, 2017, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) announced the commencement of the antidumping/countervailing duty injury inquiry in respect of polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET resin) originating in or exported from China, India, Oman, and Pakistan. The Subject Goods are defined as “PET resin having an intrinsic viscosity of at least 0.70 deciliters per gram but not more… Continue Reading

What is the Canadian International Trade Tribunal?

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Government Procurement, origin, tariff classification, Trade Remedies, valuation

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (also known as the “CITT”) is an independent, Canadian quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that adjudicates a variety of international trade cases and matters. The CITT is the place to go to receive a fair, timely, transparent and effective resolution of a trade-related dispute and/or government-mandated inquiry/dispute, provided that the trade-related dispute is… Continue Reading

Canada Initiates New Antidumping/Subsidy Case Against PET Resin from China, Oman, India and Pakistan

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies

On August 18, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued a Notice of Initiation stating that it has initiated both an antidumping investigation and a subsidy investigation against PET Resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan. The subject goods are defined as follows: “Polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) resin having an intrinsic viscosity of at least… Continue Reading

Canada Commences Review Of Carbon Welded Steel Pipe Order After WTO DSB Panel Report

Posted in Antidumping, World Trade Organization

In December 2016, Canada lost a World Trade Organization (“WTO”) dispute (Canada – Anti-Dumping Measures on Imports of Certain Carbon Steel Welded Pipe from the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (DS482)) concerning the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury determination in the Carbon Steel Welded Pipe case NQ-2012-003 (which involved Chinese Taipei, the Republic… Continue Reading

Canada Starts AD Expiry Review Re Liquid Dielectric Transformers

Posted in Antidumping

On July 25, 2017, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) initiated an expiry review relating to its November 20, 2012 Order imposing antidumping duties on liquid dielectric transformers originating in or exported from South Korea (CITT File No. NQ-2012-001, continued without amendment in RD-2013-003).  The CITT Order was issued on November 20, 2012. What goods are at issue… Continue Reading

Who Has The Burden Of Proof In A Canadian Customs Appeal?

Posted in Customs Law, tariff classification, Uncategorized

On July 18, 2017, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) posted its decision in Schlumberger Canada Limited v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CITT Appeal No. AP-2015-022).  In this decision, the Tribunal opined on who has the burden of proof in tariff classification appeals. First, it is important to know that, in… Continue Reading

Canada’s New AD/CVD Scope Ruling Process Allows The CBSA To Expand Subject Goods Definition

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies

Canada has added a new “Scope Ruling” process to Canada’s antidumping/countervailing duty regime in Bill C-44 “An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures” (also known as “Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1”). Bill C-44 received Royal Assent on June 22, 2017.  The “other measures” include… Continue Reading

Three Notices of Application For Judicial Review Filed Against CITT FISC Decision

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

On May 25, 2017, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) made an AD Order in respect of fabricated industrial steel components (“FISC”) originating in or exported from China, South Korea and Spain and made a CVD Order in respect of FISC originating in or exported from China.  On June 9, 2017, the CITT issued its… Continue Reading

Exporters Who Receive De Minimis Dumping Margins in Canadian AD Cases Now Being Excluded From Final Orders

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

Foreign producers and exporters who receive a de minimis dumping margin (2% or less) in a Canadian antidumping case are now being excluded from final injury orders (that is, final orders for the imposition of antidumping duties).  What this means is that any foreign producer or exporter who priced at undumped levels (above domestic selling… Continue Reading

The CBSA (as Administrator of Laws) Must Follow CITT Decisions (Subject to Limited Exceptions)

Posted in Antidumping, Cross-border litigation, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions

This case is a must-read for all customs and trade lawyers.  This case is a must- read by other administrative lawyers who appear before quasi-judicial tribunals. The general administrative law rules for law enforcers and tribunals have been clarified in simple, understandable terms. May there be greater certainty, greater predictability and finality as a result of this… Continue Reading

What Is A CITT Section 18 Reference?

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Legal Developments, Trade Remedies

On October 17, 2016, Canada’s Department of Finance announced that the Government of Canada had asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) to conduct an inquiry (actually, it is a Reference) in respect of the antidumping case involving gypsum board from the United States and imported into Western Canada in order to hear from a… Continue Reading

Canada Acknowledges Antidumping Proceedings Hurt Consumers

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Trade Remedies

This has never happened before.  This is very important.  Trade lawyers outside Canada (and inside Canada) will be shocked by the steps being taken in Canada during an active antidumping proceeding. On October 16, 2016, the Department of Finance asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to commence a section 18 (of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal… Continue Reading

What Did The Supreme Court of Canada Say About Appeals of CITT Tariff Classification Decisions?

Posted in Uncategorized

On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) as reasonable.  In Attorney General of Canada v. Igloo Vikski Inc., the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada held that imported hockey gloves should be classified as “gloves, mittens and mitts” under tariff item 6216.00.00 and… Continue Reading

Importers Can Play The Game Too – Preparing Call Reports To Record Communications

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

In antidumping injury cases in Canada, the domestic industry often include confidential call reports in their submissions to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. The call reports document conversations and meetings with importers/distributors and customers in which the customer or distributor asks for a price reduction or says the price offered is too high.  The domestic… Continue Reading

BE AWARE: Homeowners and Contractors in Western Canada Will Be Surprised By Antidumping Duties on U.S. Drywall

Posted in Uncategorized

Many homeowners and contractors in Western Canada will soon be asking “Why do I have to pay antidumping duties on imports of gypsum board or drywall?” This is because there is an antidumping case in Canada on gypsum board imported from the United States into Western provinces. Starting on September 6, 2016, imports of drywall/gypsum… Continue Reading

Canadian International Trade Tribunal Issues Practice Notice On Filing Questionnaire Replies

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

On June 10, 2016, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) issued a Practice Notice entitled “Filing of Questionnaire Replies and Revisions and Issuance of Revised Investigation Report”.  In antidumping and countervailing duty injury inquiries, the CITT issues questionnaires to producers, importers, foreign producers and purchasers.  The CITT compiles the information and data provided by respondents… Continue Reading

What Is The Difference Between A Red/Green Olive And A Black Olive?

Posted in Agriculture, Customs Law, tariff classification

The answer to this question is found in the recent Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“Tribunal”) tariff classification appeal case of Délices de la Forêt Inc. v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”), AP-2015-018. The issue in this case was whether green and red olives in brine in a glass jar were properly classified… Continue Reading

Why Should Importers Ask The CBSA If Goods Are Subject To Anti-dumping Duties?

Posted in Antidumping, origin, tariff classification

Is it better to seek permission or ask for forgiveness after the fact?  When it comes to imports of goods into Canada that may be subject to anti-dumping duties, it is better to seek an advance ruling from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).  If you import goods and the CBSA believes that the goods… Continue Reading

The Canadian AD Expiry Review (Sunset) Process for Pup Joints for China Begins

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

Since April 10, 2017, Canada has imposed definitive anti-dumping and countervailing duties on OCTG pup joints (referred to as “pup joints”) originating in or exported from China.  Pup joints are defined as “oil country tubular goods pup joints, made of carbon or alloy steel, welded or seamless, heat-treated or not heat-treated, regardless of end finish,… Continue Reading

Canada Initiates Dumping Case Against Gypsum Board From The United States

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government

On June 8, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated an anti-dumping case against gypsum board originating in or exported from the United States of America into Canada for use in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon Territories or the Northwest Territories. The case was filed by CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc. of Mississauga…. Continue Reading