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U.S. to drop Canadian aluminum tariffs before Canada retaliates

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office

announced

September 15, 2020 it will not proceed with the 10% tariff on Canadian origin aluminum, for which Canada was ready to implement retaliatory countermeasure tariffs effective September 16, 2020.

A statement from the USTR said after “consultations with the Canadian government, the United States has determined that trade in non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum is likely to normalize in the last four months of 2020, with imports declining sharply from the surges experienced earlier in the year.” The announcement also stated, “Six weeks after the end of any month during this period, the United States will determine whether actual shipments met expectations. If actual shipments exceeded 105 percent of the expected volume for any month during the four-month period, then the United States will impose the 10 percent tariff retroactively on all shipments made in that month.” Expected monthly volumes are laid out in the statement.

Based on this announcement, the corresponding Canadian retaliatory countermeasure tariffs will not be imposed at this time.

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

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