Customs Notice 18-17 – Provisional Safeguard Measures Imposed on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods was revised on April 16, 2019 to reflect the findings of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) in its report following its inquiry into safeguard measures on seven categories of steel goods [see below].

As provided in the Order imposing provisional safeguards, where the CITT recommends final safeguards, provisional safeguards remain in effect for 200 days from when they came into effect.

  • The CITT has recommended final safeguards on imports of heavy plate and stainless steel wire; as such, provisional safeguards on these goods will remain in effect up to and including May 12, 2019.

In accordance with Canadian law, where the CITT does not recommend final safeguards, provisional safeguards remain in effect for 200 days from when the Order imposing provisional safeguards was made.

  • The CITT has not recommended final safeguards on imports of concrete reinforcing bar, energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheet, pre-painted steel and wire rod; as such, provisional safeguards on these goods will remain in effect up to and including April 28, 2019.

The Government is reviewing the CITT’s recommendations and further announcements will be made in due course, including with respect to surtax assessed on goods subject to provisional safeguards.

Until the provisional safeguards on the respective goods expire, importers must continue to obtain shipment-specific import permits or pay surtaxes for the importation of those products.