OTTAWA, Quebec (BRAIN)—Canada’s Border Services Agency has determined that Chinese and Taiwanese bicycle manufacturers are likely to resume or continue dumping bicycles into the country at below-market value if current anti-dumping duties are allowed to expire at the end of this year.
The border services agency will issue a “Statement of Reasons,” containing additional details on its findings, by the middle of August. If it had found that additional dumping was unlikely, the investigation would have ended and the duties would have expired. However, the issue now moves to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, which will launch an additional round of questionnaires and hearings this fall.
The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, comprised of bicycle manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers, has taken a stand against renewal of the duties and will work with its members to keep them abreast of the issue and ensure that the tribunal “has a complete understanding of the dynamics of the Canadian bicycle sector and market affected by the current system of dumping duties,” the association announced in a press statement.
Raleigh Canada appears to be the main, if not only, bicycle industry supporter of continued anti-dumping duties.
For more on this story, see the Sept. 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. —John Crenshaw