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Bombardier facing 300% tariff on C-Series exports

Bombardier makes parts for the C-Series aircraft Credit: Pacemaker

Bombardier is now facing a proposed 300% duty on its exports of planes to the US.

It comes after a second preliminary levy of 80% has been loaded on the sales of the aircraft manufacturer by the US government.

Around 1,000 people work directly on the C-Series project at Bombardier's plant in Belfast. The spiralling cost, which could more than triple the price of the jets sold in the US could also threaten the order for over 75 aircraft from Delta Airlines.

The ruling is only preliminary at this stage. A final decision is due in February next year.

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said: "The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada, but this is not our idea of a properly functioning trading relationship.

"We will continue to verify the accuracy of this decision, while doing everything in our power to stand up for American companies and their workers."

Theresa May has lobbied US president Donald Trump over the levy, but the additional tariff was added after Bombardier had failed to provide information requested, the Commerce Department said.

It added: "The antidumping duty law provides US businesses and workers with a transparent, quasi-judicial, and internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the market-distorting effects caused by injurious dumping of imports into the United States."

Boeing 'could jeopardise UK trade links' - Fallon

Sir Michael Fallon warned Boeing that its behaviour could risk lucrative defence contracts with the UK Credit: Presseye

Boeing's behaviour in a US trade dispute with Bombardier, which threatens thousands of jobs in Belfast, could jeopardise its trading relationship with the Government, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has warned.

A complaint by Boeing has seen the US Department of Commerce propose a 220% tariff on the sale of Bombardier's new C Series jets - an aircraft whose wings are made in Belfast.

Sir Michael delivered a stark message to Boeing that such a stance could risk lucrative defence contracts with the UK.

He said: "Boeing is a major defence partner and one of the big winners of the latest defence review so this is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long-term partner."

He added: "Boeing stand to gain a lot of British defence spending. We have contracts in place with Boeing for new maritime patrol aircraft and for Apache attack helicopters and they will also be bidding for other defence work and this kind of behaviour clearly could jeopardise our future relationship with Boeing."

Sir Michael was on a scheduled visit to another major employer in Belfast - Harland and Wolff shipyards, which is on a site adjacent to Bombardier in the city's docklands.

He said the UK wanted to see the dispute resolved through a negotiated settlement.

"We want a long-term partnership with Boeing but that has to be two way," he said.

Sir Michael added the UK would be putting renewed pressure on the Trump administration.

"We will be redoubling our efforts to bring about a negotiated settlement that avoids the kind of punitive action which would cost jobs here in Belfast." he said.

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