U.S. trade panel bats down Bombardier jet tariff

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Sales of Bombardier’s CS100 jet won’t be hit by tariffs after all. (Bombardier Photo / Patrick Cardinal)

Canadian airplane maker Bombardier scored an unexpected victory today over Boeing when the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously rejected a plan to levy a 292 percent tariff on the company’s U.S. sales.

In a statement, the commission said it determined that U.S. industry “is not materially injured or threatened with material injury” by imports of Bombardier’s 100- to 150-seat CSeries jets.

That runs counter to Boeing’s claim that Bombardier’s Canadian government subsidies would threaten its sales of 737 jets. The U.S. Commerce Department sided with Boeing and called for the tariff, but it was up to the ITC to approve the penalty.

The decision suggests that Bombardier’s multibillion-dollar sale of up to 125 single-aisle CS100 jets to Delta Air Lines, announced last April, will go forward.

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By Alan Boyle

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