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October 12, 2018
Ottawa grants relief of duty on U.S. steel and aluminum in certain instances
Since July 1 the Government of Canada has applied reciprocal countermeasure duty on imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S., in response to the unjustified imposition of the United States' tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
As this imported steel and aluminum is used in many of Canada's major industries, including energy, advanced manufacturing, construction, and automotive parts, the Government says it recognizes that the Canadian countermeasures against U.S. imports can create challenges for Canadian manufacturers that rely on steel and aluminum imported from the U.S.
To mitigate the impact on manufacturers, the Government outlined on July 11, 2018, a framework that allows the Government to consider providing targeted relief from Canada's countermeasures.
A federal interdepartmental committee reviewed the requests received from Canadian companies for targeted relief from Canada's countermeasures and made recommendations to the Minister of Finance.
The Minister of Finance recommended to the Governor in Council that certain relief be provided in the form of remission of the countermeasures.
The Remission Order provides targeted relief from countermeasures for a number of steel and aluminum products determined to be in short supply in Canada. The federal interdepartmental committee consulted domestic steel and aluminum producers to assess supply conditions.
For certain products determined to be in situations of ongoing short supply and listed in Schedule 1 of the Remission Order, relief can be granted from surtaxes paid or payable under the United States Surtax Order (Steel and Aluminum) for an indefinite period (for products imported from the U.S. on or after July 1, 2018).
For certain products determined to be in situations of temporary short supply and listed in Schedule 2 of the Remission Order, relief can be granted from surtaxes paid or payable under the United States Surtax Order (Steel and Aluminum) for a time-limited period (for products imported from the U.S. from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018).
The list of goods included in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the Remission Order can be found on the Department of Finance Canada website.
Companies that have applied for and been granted relief can now import these goods without paying surtaxes. A portion of this relief will be temporary, offered until such time that Canadian producers are able to adequately meet domestic demand.
The federal interdepartmental committee is continuing its analysis of requests from Canadian companies, including those related to contractual obligations existing prior to May 31, 2018. In addition, requests for relief due to short supply conditions are assessed on an ongoing basis.
Additional link: Customs Notice 18-16 - United States Surtax Remission Order
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