Canadian pig duties set

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Mar 14, 2005
by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced last week that an investigation into Canadian pig imports confirmed that live hogs from north of the border were sold to the U.S. below the U.S. domestic price, and that Canadian hogs in the future should have a tariff against them of just over 10 percent.
In its final ruling concerning its countervailing duty investigation, the agency said Canadian pig producers and hog exporters aren’t being provided with “countervailable subsidies,” but that the prices being paid for those pigs entering the U.S. were below U.S. costs of production. The margins of those “undercut” prices ranged from 0.53-18.87 percent, with the average margin being 10.63 percent.
That average duty figure is down from a preliminary figure of 14.01 percent, which was set last October.
It is now up to the U.S. International Trade Commision (ITC) to announce its final injury determination by April 18. If the ITC affirmatively determines that imports of live swine are materially injuring, or threatening to materially injure, the domestic industry, then the department will issue an antidumping duty order in April. If the ITC makes a negative injury determination, the antidumping duty investigation will be terminated.
The current breakdown of producer/exporters and their dumping margins were Ontario Pork, 12.68 percent; Premium Pork, 18.87 percent; Excel Swine Services, 4.64 percent; Hytek, 0.53 percent; and all others, 10.63 percent.
The decision applies to live hogs shipped from Canada, but not breeding stock or pork products.
Commerce statistics show that 8.5 million hogs worth $529 million were shipped into the U.S. from Canada last year, up from 7.4 million hogs worth $389 million in 2003. — WLJ