For the First Time in Over 25 Years, Canada Border Services Agency Self-Initiates Dumping Investigation

December 04, 2020

On December 4, 2020, Canada’s antidumping and countervail authority – the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – self-initiated a dumping investigation into certain concrete reinforcing bar from Oman and Russia pursuant to the provisions of the Special Import Measures Act. This is the first time in over 25 years that Canada’s investigating authority has self-initiated a dumping or subsidy complaint. Typically, dumping and subsidy complaints are filed by domestic producers, following which CBSA decides whether to conduct an investigation based on the information included in the complaint. This self-initiated complaint is heralded as an important step by the Government of Canada in protecting Canadian producers against unfairly trade imports.