The CISC has maintained an active role in supporting and lobbying the interests of the Canadian steel construction industry during the on-going investigations by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC). As this trade case has unfolded, we’ve facilitated legal guidance and provided timely support for Canadian steel fabricator companies with the consultation from U.S. trade lawyers.
In February 2019, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) launched a trade case on imports of fabricated structural steel (FSS) from China, Mexico and Canada. Since then, selected Canadian steel fabricators have been under review by the U.S. DOC and ITC to uncover any evidence of unfair trade in two separate investigations: anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD). The preliminary CVD determination has already been announced as of July 2019. Canada will not face any preliminary countervailing duties at this time. In their assessment, the DOC evaluated a negative determination, indicating that Canadian exporters do no receive countervailable subsidies from Canadian governments.