Canada-US dispute before upcoming NAFTA talks

Added On October 9, 2017

With the fourth round of talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) set to begin next week in the U.S., a cross-border dispute between American aerospace giant Boeing and its Canadian rival Bombardier further intensified. 
The U.S. Department of Commerce has again ruled against aerospace firm Bombardier in its dispute with rival Boeing.
A further tariff of 80 percent has been imposed on the import of Bombardier's C-Series jet to the U.S. for alleged below-cost selling.
This is on top of an earlier tariff of 220 percent which related to subsidies Bombardier got from Canada and the UK.
There have been warnings that the import tariffs could threaten Bombardier jobs in Belfast.
About 1,000 jobs are linked to the C-Series, the wings of which are made at a purpose-built 520 million pounds, or 653 million dollars, factory in the city.
A spokesperson for Bombardier said: "We strongly disagree with the commerce department's preliminary decision."
The firm said the ruling represented an "egregious overreach and misapplication of U.S. trade laws".