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Airplanes. The conflict between Bombardier and Boeing continues and might take longer

Rome, Italy - On Monday there was the hearing at the International Trade Commission, the final determinations are now expected

The final determination of the US Department of Commerce over the duties to import the C-Series airplanes by Bombardier into the United States -a countervailing duty that according to what was set in a preliminary ruling at the end of September might reach 300%- after the appeal filed by Boeing that accuses the Canadian manufacturer to have sold below-cost its aircraft to Delta Airlines thanks to state subsidies from Canada, United Kingdom and Quebec. On Monday there was the hearing at the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the United States with all the involved parties, including representatives of Canada and of the United Kingdom; Bombardier rejected the allegations and pointed out how in the competion to sell the airplanes to Delta the C-Series aircraft did not harmed Boeing because the latter would not have an aircraft that suited the needs of the airlines. Moreover the Canadian industry remembered how with the partnership with Airbus for the production of the C-Series a new factory is planned to be set in Alabama, US, reducing imports and further increasing the already significant satellite activities in the United States (see AVIONEWS 1). According to the schedule of ITC its final determination is planned next February 9th, an important decision because only if it will be affirmative the duties that the Department of Commerce might establish would be validated. Anyhow according to international press the dispute might take longer. The matter is linked to a wider context of international relations and interests, with also the United Kingdom worried for the impact of employment in Northern Ireland -where there is a factory that builds the wings of the airplanes- and with Canada that might bring the issue to the WTO (World Trade Organizationa) or request an arbitration procedure according to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the agreement for free trade that was signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico. For further details also see AVIONEWS 2 and 3

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