As part of an ongoing initiative to help protect against foreign steel being dumped in the Canadian market, in 2019, the federal government enacted final safeguards for certain imports of heavy plate and stainless steel wire in the form of tariff rate quotas from May 13, 2019, to October 24, 2021.
With expiry of the safeguards, effective October 25, 2021, the Notice to Importers, Serial No. 983 will cease to have effect and importers will, therefore, no longer need to apply for shipment-specific permits to import subject goods free of the temporary safeguard surtax (5-20% depending on the product class).
Going forward, importers are to use General Import Permit No. 80 or 81, as applicable, for their shipments.
Note: GIP No. 80 and GIP No. 81 now include certain recordkeeping and reporting requirements on importers. The purpose of these obligations is to facilitate the collection of import data, by requiring importers to provide, upon request by Global Affairs Canada, documents and records for the purpose of identifying any errors in import data and determining the source of any inconsistencies in a targeted manner.
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