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US slaps 220% duty on Bombardier jets; Quebec, Britain threaten retaliation

Bombardier is a major employer in Quebec, where Justin Trudeau's Liberals say they need to win extra seats in an election set for October 2019

Reuters  |  Montreal/Belfast 

Stiff US duties imposed on Bombardier Inc's CSeries jet sparked retaliation threats from Britain and Canada's Quebec province on Wednesday as the dispute, which may affect thousands of jobs, overshadowed North American trade talks. The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped preliminary anti-subsidy duties of 220 per cent on the jets, which could effectively shut Bombardier out of the U.S. market if upheld, after rival Boeing launched a trade challenge accusing Canada of unfairly subsidizing the aircraft. The topic loomed large at North American Free Trade Agreement ...

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First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 10:11 IST