On November 2, 2017, Global Affairs Canada posted Notice to Importers Serial No. 907, which informs importers that the steel import monitoring program, covering items 80 (Carbon Steel) and 81 (Specialty Steel) of the Import Control List (ICL), has been extended to November 1, 2020.

Carbon steel products (ICL item 80) include semi-finished products (ingots, blooms, billets, slabs and sheet bars), plate, sheets and strip, wire rods, wire and wire products, railway-type products, bars, structural shapes and units, pipes and tubes made of carbon steel. These items are covered by Harmonized System (HS) headings 7206-7229.

Specialty steel products (ICL item 81) include stainless flat-rolled products (sheet, strip and plate), stainless steel bar, stainless steel pipe and tube, stainless steel wire and wire products, alloy tool steel, mold steel and high-speed steel. These items are covered by HS headings 7301-7302, 7304-7306, 7308, 7312-7313 and 7317.

The steel import monitoring program does not limit the quantity of carbon and specialty steel products that may be imported into Canada.

The Notice extends previous notices to importers concerning the steel import monitoring program and should be read in conjunction with the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) and the EIPA Regulations.

Pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of the EIPA, a general import permit has been established for each of these items, General Import Permit 80 (Carbon Steel) and General Import Permit 81 (Specialty Steel). The import documentation for each shipment of carbon and specialty steel products must state that it is being imported under the authority of General Import Permit No. 80 or 81. This requirement applies to all steel products with Harmonized System headings: 7206-7302, 7304-7306, 7308, 7312-13 and 7317.

Customs brokers and importers are urged to cooperate fully with the Trade and Export Controls Bureau of Global Affairs Canada, as administrators of the monitoring program. In particular, they are requested to ensure that quantity (in kilograms), value (in Canadian dollars), product classification, country of origin, supplier name and address and importer name are given correctly, if necessary by amending the import documentation. Such cooperation will enhance the reliability of the data and reduce the burden of post-clearance auditing.

In the past, individual import permits (for which there were fees) were required for each shipment, except for certain lower value shipments and certain classes of importers. These provisions are no longer in effect.