Canada’s Retaliatory Tariffs – Latest Information

In response to the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs imposed by the US, Canada responded with countermeasure tariffs on a number of US goods. The list of goods proposed for additional tariffs was released by the Department of Finance Canada on May 31, 2018.

The tariffs will come into force on July 1, 2018, however, will not apply to goods that are in transit to Canada on that day. The finalized list will be released prior to July 1, 2018, and Buckland will ensure that you receive a notification when it is made available.

Chapters 98 and 99 of the Customs Tariff provide for the relief of customs duties under a variety of different circumstances or for specific end-uses (e.g., tariff item 9958.00.000 provide an “OEM waiver” that relieves customs duties used in auto production). These provisions will continue to waive customs duties only (i.e., cannot be used to waive surtaxes).

The surtaxes are established pursuant to section 53(2) of the Customs Tariff, which provides authority to take such action to respond to acts, policies, or practices of the government of a country that adversely affect, or lead directly or indirectly to adverse effects on, trade in goods or services of Canada.

For more details, see the Notice of Intent on the Department of Finance Canada.