Trade Commission to probe Boeing complaint on Bombardier jet

EVERETT — The U.S. International Trade Commission has green lighted Boeing’s complaint that Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier dumped its CSeries aircraft in America at cut-rate prices.

The commission voted 5 to 0 Friday to proceed with an investigation into Boeing’s allegations that major public subsidies allowed Bombardier to sell its airplanes for less than they cost to make. Boeing claims that sales of its 737 have suffered as a result.

Many industry watchers have criticized the aerospace giant’s legal action. However, Boeing’s top attorneys told The Daily Herald that the case is about a bigger principle: Ensuring fair play in the high-stakes jetliner market.

The case is divided into two aspects — whether dumping occurred and whether the cost of imported CSeries should be increased with additional duties. The case is scheduled to be finished by Feb. 8.

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