WTO says Canadian tariff unreasonable

RULES VIOLATED:If a panel review decision is upheld, Taiwanese exporters may get a better deal on carbon steel pipes, after tariffs cost the economy about NT$20m annually

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 26, 2016
By: Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporter, with CNA

Local carbon steel pipe makers on Friday said they welcome a WTO preliminary ruling in favor of Taiwan in a dumping dispute with Canada, as it is likely to lead to export opportunities.

“Canada’s unreasonable anti-dumping measures absolutely affected our shipments to Canadian customers in recent years,” Yieh Phui Enterprise Co Ltd (燁輝) vice president Chen Yung-hsien (陳永賢) told the Taipei Times by telephone.

The company is considering expanding in Canada next year, as Taiwanese steelmakers could sustain global price competitiveness if Taiwan wins the trade dispute and Canada must amend its laws, Chen said.

Carbon steel welded pipes make up about 5 percent of Yieh Phui’s revenues. The company distributes most of its products to domestic clients after Canada imposed anti-dumping tariffs on Taiwanese exporters in 2012, Chen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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