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Canada has imposed temporary duties as high as 153 percent on imports of polyisocyanurate thermal insulation board imported from the United States.

The country's Revenue Canada department ruled Dec. 12 that U.S. imports of the insulation were dumped in Canada at prices as much as 60.5 percent below normal value in the first half of 1996. The department found that 92 percent of U.S. exports were dumped and the weighted average margin of dumping was about 40.7 percent.

Exeltherm Inc. of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada's largest producer of PIR insulation board used in roofs and walls, sparked the investigation that began in July by complaining that dumped U.S. imports hurt its business. Revenue Canada investigated imports of the products for a six-month period ended June 30.

Jan Oosterwaal, chief executive officer of Exeltherm, said his firm's sales improved since the investigation began. He indicated that U.S. exporters have been less aggressive in the Canadian market. Exporters can discuss with Revenue Canada any plans to revise their selling prices in Canada to normal values to avoid paying anti-dumping duties.

Revenue Canada found that nine U.S. companies accounted for all exports in the investigated period, including A.B.C. Supply Co. Inc. of York, Pa.; Apache Products of Anderson, S.C.; Atlas Roofing Corp. of Meridian, Miss.; Celotex Corp. of Tampa, Fla.; Firestone Building Products of Carmel, Ind.; Homasote Co. of West Trenton, N.J.; Jim Walter International Corp. of Tampa, Fla.; and NRG Barriers Inc. of Portland, Maine. Forty-nine importers were identified.

Revenue Canada found the dumped imports probably hurt Canada's PIR insulation industry. It will make a final determination of injury and antidumping duties within 120 days.

The department's preliminary study calculated Canada's market for PIR insulation was about 207 million board feet last year, including imports.