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Are Dutch bell peppers being dumped into Canada?


March 29, 2010
By Dave Harrison

NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Are Dutch bell peppers being dumped into Canada?
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has
initiated an anti-dumping
investigation with low-priced Dutch sweet bell peppers being sold into
the
Canadian market.


March 29,
2010, Leamington, Ont. – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has initiated an anti-dumping
investigation with low-priced Dutch sweet bell peppers being sold into the
Canadian market. This investigation is taking place due to a complaint of
injurious dumping, filed by the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG).

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“We are very
pleased that the CBSA is proceeding with this action,” said OGVG chairperson
Len Roozen. “The continued dumping of Dutch peppers in Canada has severely
eroded market returns to Canadian pepper growers, threatening their survival.
We expect that this investigation will confirm that dumping of product has
occurred and allow for the imposition of anti-dumping measures.”


The OGVG had
requested that the CBSA investigate the unfair pricing of greenhouse sweet bell
peppers imports from the Netherlands. For the last few years, Dutch exporters
have been selling sweet bell peppers into Canada at prices the OGVG believes is below their costs of production, causing serious injury to Ontario growers.
The OGVG’s concerns are shared by greenhouse producers in other provinces.


Canada’s
Special Import Measures Act permits Canadian producers to seek the imposition of
anti-dumping measures when they are injured by foreign producers selling into
Canada below the selling prices in their own country, or below their costs of
production.


Over the last 10 years, Canadian growers have made
substantial investments in greenhouse technology in order to expand the
availability of Canadian grown vegetables, including sweet bell peppers. The
Ontario greenhouse sector is now the largest cluster in North America,
producing over 1,824 acres of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.


 


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