April 15, 2021 Ottawa, Ontario
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it is launching an investigation to determine whether certain small power transformers from Austria, the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), and South Korea are being sold at unfair prices in Canada.
The investigation is the result of a complaint by Transformateurs Delta Star Inc. (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC), Northern Transformer Corporation (Maple, ON), PTI Transformers Inc. (Regina, SK), and PTI Transformers L.P. (Winnipeg, MB) and is supported by Stein Industries Inc. (London, ON) and Transformateurs Pioneer Ltée. (Granby, QC). The complainants allege that they are facing an increase in the volume of the allegedly dumped imports, price depression and suppression, loss of sales, price undercutting, loss of market share, impacted financial results, underutilization of capacity, reduced employment, and threat to continuous investments.
The CBSA and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) both play a role in the investigation. The CITT will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by June 14, 2021. Concurrently, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being sold in Canada at unfair prices, and will make a preliminary decision by July 14, 2021.
Currently, there are 127 special import measures in force, covering a wide variety of industrial and consumer products, from steel products to refined sugar. These measures have directly helped to protect the Canadian economy and Canadian jobs.