Bombardier receives USITC reprieve

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed January 29, 2018 14:55

Bombardier receives USITC reprieve

On Jan. 26, 2018, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that “U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of 100- to 150-seat large civil aircraft from Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold at less than fair value….As a result of the USITC’s negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued.”

Following a complaint by Boeing of the sale of C Series aircraft to Delta Air Lines for below fair price, Bombardier had been facing anti-dumping duties of 220% with an additional 80% penalty tariff — taking the total tariff to 300%.

In a statement, Bombardier described the USITC decision as “a victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law,” and added that the process to finalise its partnership with Airbus on the C Series aircraft was “full speed ahead” with integration planning “going well”. Airbus confirmed that plans for the C Series production in Mobil, Alabama, were continuing.

The ruling was also greeted with relief by Bombardier workers in Northern Ireland and UK prime minister, Theresa May.

The ITC did not publicise the reasons behind its decision on Friday and Boeing may still issue an appeal, although that is not clear to date.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed January 29, 2018 14:55