Statement of Reasons—Initiation of investigations
Concerning the initiation of investigations into the dumping and subsidizing of certain upholstered domestic seating originating in or exported from China and Vietnam.
Ottawa, January 5, 2021
Pursuant to subsection 31(1) of the Special Import Measures Act, the Canada Border Services Agency initiated investigations on December 21, 2020, respecting the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain upholstered domestic seating originating in or exported from China and Vietnam.
 On October 16, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) received a written complaint from Palliser Furniture Ltd. (Winnipeg, MB) (hereinafter, “the complainant”) alleging that imports of certain upholstered domestic seating (UDS) originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China (China) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) (hereinafter “named countries”) have been dumped and subsidized. The complainant alleged that the dumping and subsidizing have caused injury and are threatening to cause injury to Canadian producers of UDS.
 On November 6, 2020, pursuant to paragraph 32(1)(a) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), the CBSA informed the complainant, the Government of China (GOC), and the Government of Vietnam (GOV) that a properly documented complaint had been received. The GOC and GOV were also provided with non‑confidential versions of the subsidy complaint and were invited for consultations pursuant to Article 13.1 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, prior to the initiation of the subsidy investigation. The CBSA did not receive any requests for consultations.
 SIMA provides that, under normal circumstances, the decision whether to initiate investigations shall be made within 30 days of the date of the properly documented complaint. However, on November 30, 2020, the CBSA informed the complainant, the GOC, and the GOV that it had made the decision to extend this period to 45 days, pursuant to subsection 31(6) of SIMA.
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Source: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)