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Certain Steel Goods, Notice of Commencement of Exclusions Inquiry

On May 9, 2019, by the Order Referring to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, for Inquiry into and Reporting on, the Matter of the Exclusion of Certain Steel Goods from the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods (Exclusions Inquiry Order), the Canadian International Trade Tribunal was directed by Her Excellency the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Finance, to conduct an inquiry regarding exclusion requests concerning certain heavy plate and stainless steel wire (as described more fully in Appendix A) which are subject to safeguard measures enacted in the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods.  Subject countries are all countries except the United States, Mexico, Chile, Israel, Korea, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Peru and all countries benefiting from the General Preferential Tariff (GPT, as listed in Appendix B).

In carrying out its mandate, the Tribunal is to determine if there is at least one domestic source of supply for such goods, or if there is a firm and commercially viable plan to produce such goods domestically.  If the Tribunal determines that there is no domestic source of supply or firm and commercially viable plan to produce such goods domestically, the Tribunal will, in accordance with the direction provided in the Exclusions Inquiry Order, recommend the exclusion of the goods from the application of safeguard measures.  The Tribunal must report to the Minister of Finance by March 13, 2020.

The Notice is available in its entirety on the CITT website.

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