POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON WATERPROOF FOOTWEAR FROM CHINA AND VIETNAM

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has received a complaint from the Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada that certain waterproof footwear originating in or exported from China and Vietnam is being dumped, causing injury to Canadian producers.

As a result, the CBSA is seeking information from importers to determine if the goods are being dumped and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has initiated an investigation to determine the extent of injury. Anti-dumping duties will be imposed if the CITT finds that dumped products are injuring or threatening to injure the Canadian producers. The results of the CITT’s investigation are scheduled to be issued on April 28, 2009 and importers have until March 20, 2009 to respond to the CBSA’s initial request for information.

Anti-dumping duty of 74% on waterproof rubber footwear from China expired on October 17, 2007 and certain waterproof footwear from China, including snowmobile boots and rubber-bottom leather-top boots is currently subject to 49% antidumping duty.

Subject goods are considered to be waterproof if water is not detected on the inside surface of the footwear when the exterior of the bottom is partially submerged in water for a period of 24 hours. The product range of subject goods includes footwear manufactured for men, women, youth, and children.

The subject goods originating in the Peoples Republic of China are defined as:

  • Waterproof footwear (finished and in nearly finished form), constructed wholly or in part of rubber and/or thermoplastic rubber (TPR), originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China. The distinctive feature of waterproof footwear is that both the sole portion and a portion of the upper, sufficient to give waterproof protection to the foot, are incorporated in a waterproof component which may be made of rubber or TPR

The goods subject to this investigation include waterproof footwear worn over the foot constructed to various heights, and waterproof footwear made of waterproof footwear bottoms combined with tops made of leather, textiles or other materials. They may be constructed with or without liners, linings, fasteners or safety features.

Excluded from the definition of subject goods from China are ski boots, skating boots, all-rubber equestrian riding boots for equestrian purposes, over-the-shoe rubbers or overshoes and rubber safety footwear that meets safety standards established by the Canadian Standards Association.

The subject goods originating in Vietnam are defined as:

  • Waterproof footwear (finished and in nearly finished form), constructed wholly or in part of rubber, thermoplastic rubber (TPR) and/or plastic, originating in or exported from Vietnam. The distinctive feature of waterproof footwear is that both the sole portion and a portion of the upper, sufficient to give waterproof protection to the foot, are incorporated in a waterproof component which may be made of rubber, TPR and/or plastic

The goods subject to this investigation include waterproof footwear worn over the foot constructed to various heights, and waterproof footwear made of waterproof footwear bottoms combined with tops made of leather, textiles or other materials. They may be constructed with or without liners, linings, fasteners or safety features.

Excluded from the definition of subject goods from Vietnam are ski-boots and skating boots, over-the-shoe rubbers or overshoes. For additional information concerning this inquiry or to participate in it, please contact our technical consulting group.