Inquiries (section 42)
Inquiry No.: NQ-2008-003
TABLE OF CONTENTS
BY ELECTRONIC MAIL
To: Counsel and parties
Determination on Classes of Goods
Aluminum Extrusions (Inquiry No.: NQ-2008-003)
On October 17, 2008, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
(the Tribunal) determined that there was evidence that disclosed a
reasonable indication that the dumping and subsidizing of the
subject goods had caused injury to the domestic industry (File No.
In its statement of reasons for the preliminary determination of
injury issued on October 31, 2008, the Tribunal found,
based on the evidence on the record at that time, that there was a
single class of goods. However, the Tribunal also indicated that
there may be merit in assessing injury on the basis of the
following two classes of goods: (1) aluminum extrusion products
which have standard shapes; and (2) aluminum extrusion products
which have custom shapes.
Accordingly, in the Notice of Commencement of Inquiry of
November 18, 2008, the Tribunal invited parties to file evidence
and submissions on that issue, and asked parties to address factors
that the Tribunal should examine in considering the question of
classes of goods, including:
• The physical characteristics of the goods;
• The market characteristics of the goods (such as
substitutability, pricing and distribution channels);
• Whether the goods fulfil the same customer needs; and
• Any other relevant factors.
After having considered the evidence on the record, including
the responses received to the Tribunal’s Questionnaire on
Substitutability of Aluminum Extrusions, and the arguments made by
parties, the Tribunal has determined that aluminum extrusion
products which have standard shapes and aluminum extrusion products
which have custom shapes constitute two separate classes of
For the purposes of classes of goods, standard shapes include
bars and rods, pipes and tubes, angles, channels, beams and tees
(H, I, Z), while custom shapes are defined as including all shapes
that are not “standard shapes”.
The Tribunal will therefore conduct its injury analysis on the
basis of these two classes of goods.
The reasons for this determination will form part of the
Tribunal’s statement of reasons for the inquiry.
c.c.: Ms. Caterina Ardito-Toffolo
and Mr. Darryl Larson
Canada Border Services Agency