Boeing versus Bombardier: Conflict over Tariffs
Bombardier Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of business jets and small aircraft, developed the C Series aircraft amid numerous technical and financial challenges. In 2016, the US aviation company Delta Air Lines Inc. made a large purchase of the plane at an allegedly highly discounted price, which was expected to help Bombardier Inc. enter the lucrative US aviation market. In response, The Boeing Company, the world's largest aerospace company, filed a complaint about the deal with the US Department of Commerce and with the United States International Trade Commission. The complaint was consistent with the current US administration position of promoting protectionist economic and trade policies. The US Department of Commerce concurred with The Boeing Company and levied anti-dumping and countervailing duties of 292.21 per cent against Bombardier Inc. However, the United States International Trade Commission found the tariffs unjustified and overturned the decision on the grounds that The Boeing Company was not materially harmed by the transaction. The Boeing Company had multiple options for pursuing a challenge, but each option had potential consequences. Harvinder Singh is affiliated with Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.