Bombardier facing 300% tariff on C-Series exports

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Further tariff of 80% imposed on import of C-Series
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08 October, 2017

The Commerce Department imposed a preliminary import duty of 80 per cent on Bombardier C Series aircraft based on its finding, according to an emailed statement on Friday.

The Canadian firm, which employs 4,000 people in Belfast, has been slapped with a second preliminary levy of 80% on the exports of its planes to the United States, the Trump administration announced on Friday.

"Boeing is manipulating the US trade remedy system to prevent Bombardier's new aircraft, the CSeries, from entering the USA market, despite Boeing's admission that it does not compete with the CSeries", foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.

The spiralling cost, which could more than triple the price of the jets sold in the United States could also threaten the order for over 75 aircraft from Delta Airlines.

Bombardier is hoping the high duties won't stand when the Department of Commerce announces its final ruling in December.

Bombardier is due to begin delivering a blockbuster order for up to 125 new jets to Atlanta-based Delta Airlines next year. "Boeing is manipulating the United States trade remedy system to prevent Bombardier's new aircraft, the C Series, from entering the U.S. market".

The Quebec government put $1 billion into Bombardier but said it was an investment, not a subsidy.

Bombardier Inc's aerospace business spent $2.4 billion in the United States a year ago, tapping more than 800 suppliers in all but three US states, according to a confidential Bombardier report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

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All aerospace manufacturers, including Boeing, discount new models, Bombardier spokeswoman Nathalie Siphengphet said, adding that the USA company's "hypocrisy is appalling".

Bombardier can appeal the decision to a USA court or to a dispute-resolution panel created under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

"We will continue to verify the accuracy of this decision, all the while doing our best to defend the american companies and their workers", said Mr. Ross in a press release.

It claimed its rival was selling the C-Series jets below cost price after taking state subsidies from the Canadian and British governments.

After the first duty was announced on September 26, Canada and Britain threatened to avoid buying Boeing military equipment, saying duties on the CSeries would reduce US sales and put thousands of Bombardier jobs in their countries at risk.

The programme also received a billion USA dollars from the Canadian provincial government in Quebec in 2015 when its fortunes appeared to be ailing.

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, lobbied the USA president, Donald Trump, last month over the dispute sparked by Boeing's complaints about "unfair" state subsidies from the UK and Canada.

The C-Series operation's immediate future was thought to have been secured after Bombardier signed a $5.6bn deal in 2016 to provide the aircraft.


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