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General information on the administration of steel import controls

In the context of global conditions affecting trade in steel, the Government of Canada has imposed final safeguards in the form of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) on two classes of steel goods (i.e., heavy plate and stainless steel wire). The final safeguards took effect on May 13, 2019. The TRQs are administered by Global Affairs Canada by way of shipment-specific imports permits. Goods that are not covered by a valid import permit at time of accounting will be subject to a surtax. Please refer to Notice to Importers, Serial No. 983 for detailed information on which products are covered by the TRQs, how the TRQs are administered and how to apply for shipment-specific permits.

Moreover, the Government of Canada has deemed it necessary to enhance Canada’s steel import monitoring capabilities by adding a reporting and record keeping requirement to the steel General Import Permits No. 80 and 81. Please refer to Notice to Importers, Serial No. 1032 for detailed information on these amendments, including import requirements and procedures.

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