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U.S. slightly lowers Bombardier C Series duties to 292.21 per cent

A Bombardier CSeries aircraft is pictured. Regis Duvignau /Reuters

The U.S. Department of Commerce has slightly lowered the massive duties it plans to impose on imports of Bombardier C Series commercial jets.

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In its final determination released Wednesday, the department said it will impose duties of 292.21 per cent, down from 299.45 per cent in the preliminary phase.

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The change was caused by a reduction in the countervailing duty to 212.39 per cent, while the anti-dumping duty remains at 79.82 per cent.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the decision was based on a “full and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process.”

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Boeing launched the trade case in April, arguing that governments in Canada and Britain subsidized the plane’s development which allowed Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) to sell it at unfairly low prices.

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A final decision rests with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is expected to decide in February whether Boeing was harmed by the C Series.

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