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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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Frequently Asked Questions – steel safeguard Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs)

How do I know if the goods I want to import require a general import permit or a shipment-specific permit?

How can I apply for a shipment-specific permit under the steel safeguard TRQs?

How are the stainless steel wire and heavy plate TRQs administered during the period from February 1, 2020 to October 24, 2021?

What happens to the unallocated portions of the TRQs and unutilized allocations?

What is the under-utilization penalty policy during the safeguard period?

How do I get an EIPA number?

When can I apply for a shipment-specific permit?

How long is a shipment-specific permit valid?

What if I do not use a shipment-specific permit within its validity period?

Is it possible to extend the validity period of an existing shipment-specific permit?

If a TRQ is filled, can I continue to import the subject goods?

How do I know when a TRQ is filled during a quota period?

What does it mean to have an application routed after submitting a permit application through the Export Import Controls System (EICS)?

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