Trump Trade War - Canada release 4 lists exempting steel & aluminium products from tariff
Canada has issued new exemptions to retaliatory tariffs on US steel imports, despite recent indications that additional measures against the Trump Administration’s trade policies were forthcoming. Canada’s Department of Finance released a list of products on April 15 that would not be subjected to retaliatory measures in response to US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. It would reportedly affect up to CAD 110 million of imports, a small portion of the CAD 16.6 billion of US products covered by Canada’s counter-tariffs. The measure is intended to protect the competitiveness of Canadian businesses that would otherwise pay 25% tariffs on US imports.
In response to the US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Government of Canada applied reciprocal countermeasures as of July 1st 2018 on imports of steel, aluminum and other goods from the US. But granted previous exemptions since the trade dispute began in 2018, when the Trump administration instituted tariffs on steel and aluminum. They came in response to requests made by Canadian companies.
The goods currently covered in Schedule 1, Schedule 2, Schedule 3 and Schedule 4 of the United States Surtax Remission Order are listed
For goods in Schedule 1, relief is granted for an indefinite period for steel and aluminum products imported from the US on or after July 1, 2018.
For goods in Schedule 2, relief is granted for a limited period from July 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019 for steel and aluminum products imported from the US.
For goods in Schedule 3, relief is granted for steel and aluminum products imported from the US. This relief is limited to specifically listed importers, for specified periods and subject to applicable conditions as prescribed in Schedule 3.
For goods in Schedule 4, relief is granted for an indefinite period for other goods imported from the US on or after July 1, 2018, subject to applicable conditions, as provided in the Remission Order.
The latest changes to Schedule 3 of the Remission Order were made pursuant to the Order Amending the United States Surtax Remission Order, No. 2019-1 and entered into force on April 15, 2019. The changes to Schedule 3 of the Remission Order are denoted in bold and consist of: amendments to items 5 to 12, 13, 15, 20 to 30, 32 to 68, 71, 78 to 89, 93 to 107, 109 to 120, 123, 124, 127, 128, 130 to 142, 144 to 200, 209 to 219; and the addition of items 220 to 314.
Source : Strategic Research Institute