Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Bombardier wins case against 300% USA tariff saving HUNDREDS of positions

Bombardier C-series Bombardier has been accused of receiving subsidies for its C-series aircraft
Nellie Chapman | 30 January, 2018, 03:23

Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre said the company and Airbus will proceed with the construction of the second assembly line for the US market.

The lone US customer, Delta Air Lines Inc., was originally expected to receive the first of its firm order for 75 CS100 planes in the spring, but now plans to wait until the aircraft are assembled in the United States.

Airbus took a majority stake in Bombardier's C-series passenger jet programme in October previous year, which was hoped would help the jet programme overcome the tariff ruling.

"This decision will support well-paying middle-class jobs on both sides of the border", she said in a statement.

A decision will be made on whether or not to enforce import tariffs on sales of Bombardier's C-Series aircraft to American carriers. "Boeing remains confident in the facts of our case and will continue to document any harm to Boeing and our extensive U.S. supply chain that results from illegal subsidies and dumped pricing".

Hayward said that the importance of the ITC decision could not be underestimated, as any Boeing appeal on this case could take years, by which time the climate of USA protectionism instigated by President Donald Trump's "America First" stance could have changed. American trade laws were created to protect and promote domestic USA industry, but this petition failed to account for the real and tangible economic impact of the C Series program on the United States economy and aerospace industry.

The US International Trade Commission ruled against a claim by aerospace company Boeing, which claimed rival Bombardier had received unfair subsidies.

The C Series' development and production represent thousands of jobs in the United States, Canada, as well as the United Kingdom. We will not stand by as Bombardier's illegal business practices continue to harm American workers and the aerospace industry they support. "That's a belief we will continue to defend".

"Common sense should now trump because there's absolutely no reason now for the C Series to satisfy the US market be built in Mobile, Ala", Unifor president Jerry Dias told reporters. The C Series is the most innovative and efficient new aircraft in a generation.

Bombardier Inc. has won its fight against nearly 300 per cent duties applied to USA imports of its C Series aircraft.

"Delta is pleased by the U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling rejecting Boeing's anti-competitive attempt to deny U.S. airlines and the U.S. travelling public access to the state-of-the-art 110-seat CS100 aircraft when Boeing offers no viable alternative", it said in a news release.

Bombardier said the threat of a new petition makes its proposed partnership with Airbus to build a USA full assembly line a must, regardless of how the case is resolved.

"The C Series is a world beating aircraft made by world class workers".