RE-INVESTIGATION INTO ANTI-DUMPING DUTY RATES ON STEEL FASTENERS (SCREWS)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has initiated a re-investigation of the normal values and export prices of steel fasteners originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China, and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). The subject goods include:

  • Wood Screws #4 to #24 3/8 to 8” (0.112” to 0.386”)
  • Square and hex lag screws #14 to #24 3/4 to 4” (1/4” to 0.386”)
  • Sheet metal/tapping screws #4 to #24 3/8 to 8” (0.112” to 0.386”)
  • Thread-forming screws #4 to #24 3/8 to 3” (0.112” to 0.386”)
  • Thread-cutting screws #4 to #24 3/8 to 3” (0.112” to 0.386”)
  • Thread rolling screws #4 to #24 3/8 to 3” (0.112” to 0.386”)
  • Self-drilling tapping screws #4 to #24 3/8 to 3” (0.112” to 0.386”)
  • Machine screws #4 to 3/8” 3/8 to 8” (0.112” to 3/8”)
  • Flange screws 1/4” to 5/8” 3/8 to 4”

The above fasteners are normally classified under tariff item nos. 73181100, 73181200, 73181400, 73181500 and 73181600.

The revised rates of anti-dumping duty will be based on responses received from exporters to which the CBSA has sent questionnaires. Failure to respond will result in application of the highest rate of anti-dumping and countervailing duty. If exporters, suppliers and manufacturers do not provide sufficient information, the CBSA will issue specified normal values resulting in anti-dumping duty rates as high as 170%.

Importers are cautioned that new normal values or amounts of subsidy, when issued, may be higher than those currently in effect and that this could result in additional assessments of anti-dumping or countervailing duty.

Importers of subject goods should encourage their suppliers to respond to the questionnaire by October 22, 2008.

The CBSA plans to announce the conclusions of the re-investigation on February 23, 2009.

Additional information concerning this and other recent developments is available from our technical consulting group.