U.S. to make final ruling in Bombardier imports row

U.S. to make final ruling in Bombardier imports row

U.S. to make final ruling in Bombardier imports row

International Trade Commission determined that the USA industry (Boeing) was NOT threatened with material injury by reason of dumped or subsidized imports of 100- to 150-Seat Large Civil Aircraft from Canada (Bombardier). The result had been expected to go in favour of the USA aerospace giant.

The Trump administration has threatened to impose duties of 292%.

Now, Boeing finds itself in a situation where it has alienated a key customer for its defense business in the Canadian military and irked a key commercial customer in Delta Air Lines, and it has not succeeded in limiting its foreign competitors' US expansion.

The dispute between the two companies had put thousands of jobs at risk in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where Bombardier makes the CSeries CS100 and CS300 carbon wings.

The CSeries programme directly supports 1,000 workers or 25 per cent of Bombardier's total workforce in the North.

Delta Air Lines said it was pleased with the ruling and called the Boeing complaint an "attempt to deny US airlines and the USA travelling public" access to the Bombardier C Series.

Boeing can appeal to the U.S. Court of International Trade, said Terence Stewart, managing partner at Washington law firm Stewart and Stewart.

In a statement, Mr. Ross said the ITC ruling "shows how robust our system of checks and balances is". The judges on the panel voted unanimously in favour of the ruling.

Planemaker Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) is expected to lose a hotly contested USA trade dispute this week, a Canadian government source told Reuters on Thursday, likely inflaming tensions between the two countries as they try to bridge differences in talks to modernize NAFTA.

Bombardier also agreed to help fund a second assembly line for the jets in Mobile, where Airbus manufactures narrow-body planes.

Delta, the recipient of the Bombardier-made planes, wrote it was "pleased" with the ruling and pointed out that "Boeing offers no viable alternative" to the CS100 series planes from Canada.

Several commentators said the ruling restores the commission's credibility because it wasn't moved by political calculations or pressure from President Donald Trump's protectionist rhetoric.

A Canadian government source said it would not be surprised if the USITC rules against Bombardier.

Unite had led a campaign against the proposed trade tariffs, and he said the union's members and shop stewards would be delighted with the result.

"It means the world's largest market for the C Series is wide open, where if it had gone the other way, it would have shut it down", he said. There can be no backsliding from the USA government on this decision. And it is planning to build the C-Series jets in a new plant in Alabama, creating hundreds of jobs. "Its development and production represents thousands of jobs in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom". "We need to ensure the organisation can now proceed with the construction and supply of one of the most innovative aircraft on the global market".

Bombardier said the threat of a new petition makes its proposed partnership with Airbus to build a USA full assembly line a must, regardless of how the case is resolved.

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