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U.S. imposes 10% aluminum tariff – Canada to retaliate

Toronto, August7, 2020

The United States once again imposed a tariff on Canadian aluminum to take effect August 16, 2020. The 10% tariff will apply to non-alloyed unwrought aluminum of HS tariff classification7601.10.

Following is an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the UnitedStates:

(5) Any imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles from Canada provided for in subheading 7601.10 that were admitted into a United States foreign trade zone under “privileged foreign status” as defined in 19 CFR 146.41 prior to12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 16, 2020, shall be subject upon entry for consumption on or after such time and date to the 10 percent ad valorem rate of duty imposed by Proclamation 9704, asamended.

The Proclamation also confirms no drawback will be available for these goods upon export from the UnitedStates:

(7) No drawback shall be available with respect to the duties imposed pursuant to thisproclamation.

In a statement issued by Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, she said, “In response to the American tariffs, Canada intends to swiftly impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures.”

We will provide updates as details are available.

For more information, please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1213.

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