Bombardier: Commerce Department decision 'egregious overreach'
Bombardier (BDRBF) issued a statement on the Commerce Department's preliminary decision on antidumping duties: "We strongly disagree with the Commerce Department's preliminary decision. It represents an egregious overreach and misapplication of the U.S. trade laws in an apparent attempt to block the C Series aircraft from entering the U.S. market, irrespective of the negative impacts to the U.S. aerospace industry, U.S. jobs, U.S. airlines, and the U.S. flying public. The Commerce Department's approach throughout this investigation has completely ignored aerospace industry realities. Boeing's (BA) own program cost accounting practices - selling aircraft below production costs for years after launching a program - would fail under Commerce's approach. This hypocrisy is appalling, and it should be deeply troubling to any importer of large, complex, and highly engineered products. Commercial aircraft programs require billions in initial investment and years to provide a return on that investment. By limiting its antidumping investigation to a short 12-month period at the very beginning of the C Series program, Commerce has taken a path that inevitably would result in a deeply distorted finding. We remain confident that, at the end of the processes, the U.S. International Trade Commission will reach the right conclusion, which is that the C Series benefits the U.S. aerospace industry and Boeing suffered no injury. There is wide consensus within the industry on this matter, and a growing chorus of voices, including airlines, consumer groups, trade experts, and many others that have come forward to express grave concerns with Boeing's attempt to force U.S. airlines to buy less efficient planes with configurations they do not want and economics that do not deliver value. The U.S. government should reject Boeing's attempt to tilt the playing field unfairly in its favor and to impose an indirect tax on the flying public through unjustified import tariffs. Commerce's statement that Bombardier is not cooperating with the investigation is a disingenuous attempt to distract from the agency's misguided focus on hypothetical production costs and sales prices for aircraft that will be imported into the United States far in the future. As we have explained repeatedly to the Department, Bombardier cannot provide the production costs for the Delta aircraft for a very simple reason; they have not yet been produced. Commerce's attempt to create future costs and sales prices by looking at aircraft not imported into the United States is inappropriate and inconsistent with the agency's past practices. This departure from past precedent and disregard of well-known industry practices is an apparent attempt to deprive U.S. airlines from enjoying the benefits of the C Series, even though Boeing abandoned the segment of the market served by the C Series more than a decade ago. This action also puts thousands of high-technology U.S. jobs at risk given the C Series' significant U.S. content. More than half of each aircraft's content, including its engines and major systems, is sourced from U.S. suppliers. Going forward, the C Series program will generate more than $30B in business for U.S. suppliers and support more than 22,700 jobs in the United States."