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Ottawa, Ontario, March 4, 2009 --The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it started an investigation on February 27, 2009, into the alleged injurious dumping of certain waterproof rubber footwear originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China and of certain waterproof rubber and/or plastic footwear originating in or exported from Vietnam.
The investigation follows a complaint filed by the Shoe Manufacturers' Association of Canada of Baie-d'Urfé, Quebec. The company alleges that the dumping of the goods in question is harming Canadian production by causing declining sales and production, price erosion and suppression, reduced profitability and reduced employment. Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that are less than their selling price in the exporter's domestic market or at unprofitable prices. The Special Import Measures Act protects Canadian producers from the damaging effects of such unfair trade.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is conducting a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by April 28, 2009. While the Tribunal is examining the question of injury, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and will make a decision by May 28, 2009.
If there is a large increase in harmful imports and the Tribunal decides that the retroactive application of anti-dumping duty is justified, duty will be levied on the goods brought into Canada back to February 27, 2009.
A copy of the statement of reasons, which provides more details about this investigation, will be available on the CBSA's Web site within 15 days. More information on the CBSA's Anti-dumping and Countervailing Program or the Special Import Measures Act can also be found on this site.
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