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U. S. Spud Dumping Ongoing In B. C.

Afour-month review by Canada’s customs agency predicts U. S. potatoes will likely be dumped in British Columbia if seasonal antidumping duties don’t remain in place.

As has been the case every five years since 1990, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in late December launched an investigation of its most recent anti-dumping order in September 2005 on U. S. potatoes shipped to B. C.

The CBSA said April 29 it “has determined that the expiry of the order is likely to result in the continuation or resumption of dumping of the goods” from the U. S.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (CITT) must now hold an inquiry to determine whether the expiry of the order is “likely to result in injury or retardation to the Canadian industry.”

The CITT is scheduled to make that ruling by Sept. 10 this year.

The duty applies to whole potatoes originating in or exported from the U. S. for use or consumption in B. C., but excluding imports to that province during the period from May 1 to July 31, inclusive, of each calendar year.

Also excluded are seed potatoes, red potatoes, yellow potatoes, exotic potato varieties and white and russet potatoes imported in 50-pound cartons in count sizes of 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80.

The CITT’s orders were continued in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005.

It’s the potato importer’s responsibility to calculate and declare anti-dumping duty liability, and to advise customs brokers that the potatoes are subject to anti-dumping measures.

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