Bombardier's 300% import tariffs could be altered - US commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Donald Trump's commerce secretary has held out the prospect that Airbus's acquisition of a majority stake in Bombardier's controversial C-Series jet programme could have an impact on US tariffs on the plane
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November 6, 2017
Donald Trump's commerce secretary has held out the prospect that Airbus's acquisition of a majority stake in Bombardier's controversial C-Series jet programme could have an impact on US tariffs on the plane which threaten jobs in Northern Ireland.
Import levies totalling around 300% were imposed by US commerce officials after an anti-dumping complaint from Boeing, which argued that Canadian and UK state subsidies were being used to allow the aircraft to be sold into the American market at absurdly low prices.
US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, who discussed the issue with UK Government ministers during a five-day visit to Britain, insisted that the decision-making process in the US was "fair and open" and noted that there was still scope for the preliminary ruling to be altered in an upcoming final determination.
The US authorities will "take into consideration" any relevant change in circumstances which has taken place since the initial ruling in September, he said.
Airbus, which took a 50.1% stake in the C-Series programme last month, is hoping to persuade the US authorities to relax the tariffs by assembling jets destined for US customers at its own factory in Alabama.
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