Commerce sets final duties on Bombardier totaling nearly 300 percent

US confirms 300% duties on disputed Bombardier jets, a win for Boeing

Boeing stated the decision validated its complaints about Bombardier's aircraft pricing in the United States, "pricing that has harmed our workforce and US industry".

"This decision is based on a full and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in prepared remarks.

Bombardier called the USA decision "deeply disappointing" and said they expect the ITC to "reach the right conclusion, which is that the C Series benefits the US aerospace industry, US airlines and the US flying public".

Boeing, which launched the trade case in April, is arguing that Canadian and British governments are subsidizing the plane's cost, allowing Bombardier to sell into the US market at unfairly low prices.

In its final determination released Wednesday, the department said it will impose duties of 292.21%, down from 299.45% set in the preliminary phase.

"The United States is committed to a free, fair and reciprocal trade and will always stand up for American workers and companies being harmed by unfair imports".

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The decision is not necessarily final; it could be overturned if the U.S. International Trade Commission finds that Boeing did not suffer material injury as a result of the Delta sale; the ITC's final decision is expected on february 1.

In October, shortly after the preliminary tariffs were announced, Boeing archrival Airbus took a majority stake in the C-Series program, announcing that the planes would be built at the Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Bombardier has yet to ship any of the planes to the United States.

In order to uphold the Commerce Department-proposed tariff, the International Trade Commission must find that imports of the C-Series planes will materially hurt Boeing. It includes a 79.82% tariff to offset a Commerce Department ruling that Bombardier engaged in price dumping, meaning it sold the CS100s to Delta below its fair market value by that amount.

"Unfortunately, the Commerce Department decision is divorced from this reality and ignores long-standing business practices in the aerospace industry, including launch pricing and the financing of multibillion dollar aircraft programs", Bombardier said. Bombardier and Boeing argued their cases Monday before the ITC, an independent, quasi-judicial US agency. Bombardier calls Boeing's criticism unfounded, saying that the US company's entire case has been overtaken by events. Boeing suffered another setback last week when Delta announced it was ordering 100 Airbus planes to renew its narrow-body fleet in a move that analysts viewed as a snub of Boeing over the case.

He also said that Boeing's claim was meritless since they don't have an aircraft that can compare to the CSeries.

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