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Canada-U.S. Trade Dispute

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Tariffs on Imports of Certain Steel Products and Aluminum Products from Canada Goes Into Effect 2018-06-05

On May 31, 2018, the United States announced the imposition of a 25% tariff on imports of certain steel products and a 10% tariff on certain aluminum products from Canada. Furthermore, no U.S. duty drawback will be available with respect to these U.S. duties imposed on any aluminum or steel article.

For the purposes of these U.S measures, ‘‘aluminum articles’’ are defined in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) as: (a) unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601); (b) aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604); (c) aluminum wire (HTS 7605); (d) aluminum plate, sheet, strip, and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607); (e) aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and (f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70), including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications; and

‘‘Steel articles’’ are defined at the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6-digit level as: 7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.11 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

Insofar as the scope of these measures and any exemptions are subject to change, we strongly recommend any companies who may be affected to carefully review the original and any subsequent Presidential Proclamations. These Proclamations along with additional information about the assessment of these special duties on aluminum and steel in the U.S. can be found on the following websites: 
In response to these U.S. measures, Canada intends to impose surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures against up to C$16.6 billion in imports of steel, aluminum and other products that originate in the U.S., and is considering whether additional measures may be required. These measures will only apply to goods that originate in the United States. Goods imported from the U.S. that originate in another country will not be subject to this special surtax.

A notice concerning these measures, which includes a list of the goods that are being considered for retaliatory surtaxes, has been published by the Department of Finance.

If you have any comments you would like to send to the Department of Finance concerning these measures, whether for or against the imposition of a surtax on a particular product, you may do so up until June 15, 2018.

The final measures will go into effect on July 1, 2018 and will remain in place until the U.S. eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canada. The Canadian countermeasures will not apply to U.S. goods that are in transit to Canada on the day on which these countermeasures come into force.


Source: Department of Finance, Canada; U.S. Custom and Border Protection; U.S. International Trade Commission

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