CITT Releases Rationale Behind Termination of China Curtainwall Investigation
October 22, 2012

by Kaitlan Mitchell,

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) closed its investigation of the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain unitized wall modules from China because the complainants failed to discharge their evidentiary burden, according to a government agency release.

CITT Tribunal found the evidence presented by Canada-based curtainwall manufacturers to be limited to only one example of a lost sale and price depression in relation to two of at least 25 domestic producers over a span of three years. The timing of the losses to two domestic producers cannot explain the decreasing performance of the Canadian manufactures, according to the release.

The CITT continues on to say it "cannot conclusively determine if the project-specific losses to two domestic producers might reasonably constitute injury to a major proportion of the total domestic production of like goods." CITT also states complaints' evidence does not support injury allegations of dumping and subsidizing because the alleged material accumulate to less than 2 percent of the total value of the market for unitized wall modules.

The Canadian manufacturers' original accusation claims "that the dumping and subsidizing of these goods are harming Canadian production by causing the following: lost sales, price erosion, price suppression, reduced profitability, loss of market share, reduced employment and underutilization of capacity." Allan Window Technologies of Concord, Ontario; Ferguson Neudorf Glass Inc. of Beamsville, Ontario; Flynn Canada Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario; Inland Glass & Aluminum Ltd. of Kamloops, British Columbia; Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope of Concord, Ontario; Sota Glazing Inc. of Brampton, Ontario; Starline Architectural Windows Ltd. of Langley, British Columbia; and Toro Aluminum of Concord, Ontario filed the initial complaint in May. CITT began the investigation in July but terminated the case in October.

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