CBSA Initiates Re-investigation on Gypsum Board from the USA

On February 12, 2018, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the initiation of a re-investigation to update the normal values and export prices respecting certain gypsum board originating in or exported from the United States (USA), imported into Canada for use or consumption in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories in accordance with the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA).

The gypsum board in question is described as, gypsum board, sheet, or panel composed primarily of a gypsum core and faced or reinforced with paper or paperboard, including gypsum board meeting or supplied to meet ASTM C 1396 or ASTM C 1396M or equivalent standards, regardless of end use, edge-finish, thickness, width, or length, excluding (a) gypsum board made to a width of 54 inches (1,371.6 mm); (b) gypsum board measuring 1 inch (25.4 mm) in thickness and 24 inches (609.6 mm) in width regardless of length (commonly referred to and used as “paper-faced shaft liner”); (c) gypsum board meeting ASTM C 1177 or ASTM C 1177M (commonly referred to and used primarily as “glass fiber re-enforced sheathing board” but also sometimes used for internal applications for high mold/moisture resistant applications); (d) double layered glued paper-faced gypsum board (commonly referred to and used as “acoustic board”); and (e) gypsum board meeting ISO16000-23 for sorption of formaldehyde. All dimensions are plus or minus allowable tolerances in applicable standards.”

The subject goods are usually classified under HS classification numbers 6809.11.00.19 or 6809.11.00.90. These HS codes are listed for convenience of reference only. Refer to the product definition for the authoritative details regarding the subject goods.

Normal values established during this re-investigation will be effective on subject goods released from customs on or after the date of the conclusion of the re-investigation, expected by June 29, 2018.
Any new or updated normal value calculated in this manner does not have an effect on the reference values determined pursuant to the Gypsum Board Products Anti-dumping Duty Remission Order, 2017.

Exporters wishing to participate in this re-investigation are required to provide a complete and accurate response to the CBSA’s Request for Information (RFI) by March 21, 2018.

Where an exporter does not provide sufficient information anti-dumping duties will be assessed at the rate of 324.1% of the export price of the subject goods.

For the current re-investigation, the CBSA is contacting all known and potential exporters. However, any importers or exporters who have not received a letter from the CBSA with the accompanying RFIs, and who wish to participate should contact one of the officers identified below. It is also suggested that importers contact their exporters to ensure they have received the exporter RFI and if they intend to cooperate with the CBSA in this re-investigation.

Responses to the Importer RFI are due by March 5, 2018. Importers are cautioned that new normal values, when issued, may be higher than those currently in effect and that this could result in additional assessments of anti-dumping duty.

Any questions concerning the above should be directed to:
SIMA Registry and Disclosure Unit
Trade and Anti-dumping Programs Directorate
Canada Border Services Agency
100 Metcalfe Street, 11th floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8

Officers’ names and contact information are:
Andrew Manera: 613-946-2052
Matthew Lerette: 613-954-7398


Additional information and a link to a re-investigation schedule is available in the Notice of Re-investigation.