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Jobs in Northern Ireland at risk as Bombardier jets are hit by huge tariff

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 01:33

The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped preliminary anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier CSeries jets after rival Boeing accused Canada of unfairly subsidizing the aircraft. Pascale Davies reports.

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The U.S. commerce department siding with Boeing on Tuesday (September 26) in its dispute with rival Bombardier - potentially putting thousands of jobs at risk in the UK. Bombardier slapped with steep duties of just over 220% for sales of its CSeries jets into the U.S. The Canadian aerospace firm has been locked in a dispute with Boeing, which accuses it of benefitting from unfair subsidies in Canada. Boeing says its rival's new commercial jets have been in the U.S. market well below cost. The decision increasing trade tensions between the US and Canada, and also being felt on the other side of the Atlantic. The spat snowballed this month when the British prime minister urged Donald Trump to intervene, to protect jobs in Northern Ireland. Bomabrdier's aircraft wing factory in Belfast is one of Northern Ireland's largest employers. Some four and a half thousand people work there, roughly 1,000 of them involved on the CSeries program. The UK says it's disappointed with the U.S. decision to introduce the preliminary tariffs and says it will strongly defend its national interests. A final ruling in the case is not expected in the U.S. until next year.

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Jobs in Northern Ireland at risk as Bombardier jets are hit by huge tariff

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 01:33