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Border services agency probing alleged dumping of Chinese decorative plywood

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 3:29 PM | By John Chunn

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on June 11 that it is launching investigations to determine whether certain decorative and other non-structural plywood originating in or exported from China is being sold at unfair prices in Canada, and whether subsidies are being applied.

According to a CBSA press release, the investigations are the result of a complaint filed by Columbia Forest Products, Husky Plywood, Rockshield Engineered Wood Products ULC and the Canadian Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association, and is supported by Precision Veneer Products, Ltd. and ProPly Custom Plywood Inc. The complainants allege that the Canadian industry is facing an increase in the volume of the allegedly dumped and subsidized imports, loss of market share and sales, price undercutting, price depression, underutilization of capacity, threat to continuous investments, impacted financial results and reduced employment.

The press release states that the CBSA and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) both play a role in the investigations. The CITT will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by Aug. 10, 2020. Concurrently, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being sold in Canada at unfair and/or subsidized prices, and will make preliminary decisions by Sept. 9, 2020.