Bombardier Bills Marquee Jet As U.S.-Made In Boeing Trade Fight

| December 14, 2017 @ 5:00 am

By John McCormick, Andrew Mayeda and Frederic TomescoBloomberg

Bombardier Inc., a crown jewel of Canadian manufacturing, is billing itself as a major U.S. employer in a bitter trade fight with Boeing Co. that has profits, diplomatic ties and the future of a fledgling aircraft on the line.

The maker of the narrow-body jet at the heart of the dispute has assembled an influential group of U.S. politicians, vendors and customers to back its side in a case brought by Boeing, which reaches a critical hearing next week in Washington, D.C. Bombardier says more than half its all-new C Series aircraft is made in U.S. factories even though final assembly takes place near Montreal.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is slated to hear arguments Dec. 18 on whether American industry was harmed by Bombardier’s sale of its jet to Delta Air Lines Inc. at what Boeing calls an unfairly low price – enabled in part by subsidies in Canada. The U.S. Commerce Department sided with Boeing in a preliminary ruling in October and ordered tariffs of about 300 percent. Delta has vowed not to pay.While President Donald Trump likely won’t intervene directly in the case, the dispute is a test of his pledge to enforce U.S. trade laws more strictly while also encouraging foreign investment.

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