U.S. slaps Bombardier with more duties in Boeing dispute

The U.S. Commerce Department imposed an 80 percent anti-dumping duty on Bombardier C Series jetliners imported to the United States after Boeing said financial support from the Canadian government allowed the company to sell the jets for lower prices. Photo courtesy Bombardier

Oct. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday imposed more duties on the delivery of Bombardier’s C Series jetliner in a dispute between the Canadian company and Boeing.

It’s the second round of import duties in as many weeks for Bombardier.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced an 80 percent anti-dumping duty on the delivery of 100- to 150-seat C Series planes. Last week, the department recommended a 220 percent countervailing duty.

Boeing sued Bombardier, saying it received financial support from the Canadian government allowing it to sell 100- to 150-seat planes to Delta for low prices.

“The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada, but this is not our idea of a properly functioning trading relationship,” Ross said. “We will continue to verify the accuracy of this decision, while doing everything in our power to stand up for American companies and their workers.”

The U.S. International Trade Commission could reverse the duties if it determines Boeing wasn’t injured by Bombardier’s actions.

Bombardier said Friday it “strongly disagrees” with the Commerce Department’s decision.

“It represents an egregious overreach and misapplication of the U.S. trade laws in an apparent attempt to block the C Series aircraft from entering the U.S. market, irrespective of the negative impacts to the U.S. aerospace industry, U.S. jobs, U.S. airlines, and the U.S. flying public,” a news release said.

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