CBSA initiates investigations into the dumping and subsidizing of certain oil country tubular goods

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it is initiating investigations into the alleged injurious dumping of certain oil country tubular goods originating in or exported from Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam and the alleged injurious subsidizing of certain oil country tubular goods originating in or exported from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The investigations follow a complaint filed by Tenaris Canada of Calgary, Alberta, and Evraz North America Inc. of Regina, Saskatchewan (“the complainants”). The complainants allege that the dumping and subsidizing of these goods are harming Canadian production by causing the following: price depression and price suppression, lost sales and market share, loss of employment, reduced profits, reduced capacity utilization, and negative effects on capital investments.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by September 19, 2014. While the Tribunal is examining the question of injury, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and/or subsidized, and will make preliminary decisions by October 20, 2014.

Should the CBSA make a preliminary determination of dumping and/or subsidizing, the investigations will be continued for the purpose of making a final decision within 90 days after the date of the preliminary determination. If the CBSA’s investigations reveal that imports of the subject goods have not been dumped or subsidized, that the margin of dumping or amount of subsidy is insignificant or that the actual and potential volume of dumped or subsidized goods is negligible, the investigations will be terminated.

Although duties to counteract the dumping and subsidizing are normally only applied to goods released on or after the date of the CBSA’s preliminary determination(s), if the Tribunal determines that an unusually large increase in harmful imports has occurred prior to the CBSA’s decision and that the retroactive application of anti-dumping or countervailing duty is therefore justified, duty could be levied on the goods brought into Canada as of today.

A copy of the Statement of Reasons, which provides more details about these investigations, will be available on the CBSA’s Web site at within 15 days.

Quick Facts

  • Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that are less than their selling prices in the exporter’s domestic market or at unprofitable prices.
  • Subsidizing occurs when goods imported into Canada benefit from foreign government financial assistance.
  • The Special Import Measures Act protects Canadian producers from the damaging effects of such unfair trade.
  • As of June 30, 2014, 43 such measures are in force, covering a wide variety of industrial and consumer products. These measures have directly helped to protect more than 37,000 Canadian jobs and over $7 billion in Canadian production.


Associated Links


Canada Border Services Agency, Anti-dumping and Countervailing

Canadian International Trade Tribunal



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