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Ottawa, February 19, 2004... The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that it will assess provisional duty of 120% as of today on imports of wood Venetian blinds and slats originating in or exported from Mexico and the People's Republic of China.
This decision follows an investigation that the CBSA initiated on November 21, 2003, after receiving a complaint filed by Stores de bois Montréal Inc. of the Anjou district of Montréal, Quebec. The company alleges that the dumping of the goods in question is harming Canadian production by causing reduced market share, lost sales, price erosion and decreased return on investment.
The preliminary results of the investigation show that imports from Mexico and the People's Republic of China were dumped into Canada by an estimated margin of dumping of 120%. The provisional duty is expressed as a percentage of export price.
Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that are less than the selling prices 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.
On January 20, 2004, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (Tribunal) made a preliminary determination that the evidence disclosed a reasonable indication that the dumping of wood Venetian blinds and slats has caused injury to the domestic industry. The Tribunal will now begin its inquiry into the question of injury to the Canadian industry and conduct a public hearing. The Tribunal is required to make an order or a finding no later than June 18, 2004. At the same time, the CBSA will continue its investigation and will issue a final decision by May 19, 2004.
A copy of the Statement of Reasons, which provides more details about this investigation, will be available on request from the Anti-dumping and Countervailing Directorate and on the CBSA's Web site at: http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/sima within 15 days.