Canada Retaliates With New Surtaxes Imposed On Goods Imported From The U.S.

On Friday, August 7, 2020, in response to the newly announced U.S. tariffs on Canadian aluminum products, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, announced a "reciprocal, balanced dollar-for-dollar" countermeasure. To that end, the Department of Finance has opened a consultation for Canadian businesses to provide their concerns or support to the proposed countermeasures. 

The proposed countermeasure is a 10% surtax that will take effect on September 16th, 2020, and applies to a variety of products amounting to $3.6 Billion CAD dollars. These products include, but are not limited, to:

  • Aluminum wire
  • Aluminum ores
  • Refrigerators
  • Bicycles
  • Metal Office Furniture
  • Golf Clubs

A complete list of the proposed products is found on the Department of Finances webpage “Notice of intent to impose countermeasures action against the United States in response to tariffs on Canadian aluminum products"

We strongly encourage all companies who import products from the U.S. to review this page and submit their impact statements to the Department of Finance prior to September 6, 2020, to ensure the government has the input they need to impose a surtax that does not negatively affect Canadian Industry.

Watch this space for updates on this evolving story.

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS (CA/US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Gloria Terhaar has over 17 years of Canadian customs brokerage experience. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadain produce industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.