Canada's Bombardier wins duty fight with Boeing

Bombardier ruling due Friday amid spate of US protectionism

Bombardier ruling due Friday amid spate of US protectionism

ONE thousand Northern Irish jobs have been saved after an aircraft firm won a case against huge U.S. tariffs slapped on their import of new passenger jets.

The independent, bipartisan trade organization voted unanimously against duties imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department in October.

In order to uphold the Commerce Department-proposed tariff, the ITC had to find that imports of the C-Series planes would materially hurt Boeing.

Bombardier called the decision "a victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law". "It is also a victory for United States airlines and the USA travelling public", Bombardier said. Its wings are built in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The agency will determine if the introduction of the C Series into the USA harms Boeing.

In December, Delta Air Lines snubbed Boeing by placing a massive midsize jet order with Airbus. The trade panel disagreed.

He told the commission that "Boeing simply was not in the mix".

A Canadian government source said it would not be surprised if the USITC rules against Bombardier.

Bombardier hasn't booked a single U.S. C Series order since Boeing launched its trade challenge last spring, confirming in a Jan.24 filing to the ITC that there was a "Boeing effect" deterring potential USA customers anxious about duties.

The four current commissioners were appointed by presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Bombardier won its case against United States proposals to impose tariffs of 292% on its imports to America - a result which could safeguard thousands of jobs in Belfast.

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The decision means that Bombardier can move ahead with its delivery of 75 CSeries jets to Delta, which was originally scheduled to begin in the spring.

Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, led by shares in Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO), which closed up more than 15 per cent after it won an unexpected trade victory against USA planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N). Boeing said the cut-rate airliners, made possible by government bailouts of Bombardier in Canada, unfairly harmed its business.

The US Department of Commerce past year ruled that the Canadian firm had unfairly received government subsidies and sold its C-series planes at artificially low prices in the US.

Standing on that principle now looks costly.

Politicians also have welcomed the ruling which will stop the U.S. imposing 292% duties on the import of the firm's jets to America.

The dispute forced Bombardier into the arms of Boeing's chief rival Airbus.

"The UK government has been working tirelessly to safeguard Bombardier jobs and argued from the very start this case was wholly unjustified".

Now that court has delivered its verdict, and Boeing lost.

The CSeries is an all-new, small single-aisle jet family with a five-abreast passenger cabin that's offered in two models: the CS100, seating 100 to 135 passengers, and the larger CS300, seating up to 160 passengers.

The Bombardier C Series, left, and the Airbus A320 Series, right, were both to be built in Mobile. Congratulations to all who fought so hard for this just outcome. The case threatened to raise tensions between Washington and USA allies Canada and Britain, which has a Bombardier plant. Although it doesn't manufacture a similar-sized airplane, Boeing subsequently filed a complaint with the Trump Administration saying the Canadian company was selling the airplane at below unit cost.

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