Remarks by the Prime Minister of Canada on steel & aluminum tariffs imposed by the US

Jun 1, 2018 @ 00:30

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today (May 31, 2018) delivered the following remarks in response to the decision by the United States to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium:

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for joining us.

Today we find ourselves the target of punitive tariffs on Canadian aluminium and steel, under the pretext of a 232 national security provision.

Let me be clear: These tariffs are totally unacceptable.

For 150 years, Canada has been America’s most steadfast ally.

Canadians have served alongside Americans in two world wars and in Korea.

From the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan, we have fought and died together.

Canadian personnel are serving alongside Americans at this very moment.  We are partners in NORAD, NATO, and around the world.

We came to America’s aid after 9/11 – as Americans have come to our aid in the past.

We are fighting together against Daesh in Northern Iraq.

The numbers are clear: The United States has a $2 billion US dollars surplus in steel trade with Canada – and Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, half of U.S. steel exports.

Canada is a secure supplier of aluminum and steel to the U.S. defence industry, putting aluminum in American planes and steel in American tanks.

That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable.

These tariffs will harm industry and workers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, disrupting linked supply chains that have made North American steel and aluminum more competitive around the world.

Beyond that, these tariffs are an affront to the long-standing security partnership between Canada and the United States, and in particular, to the thousands of Canadians who have fought and died alongside American comrades-in-arms. 

The ties of commerce, friendship and, in many cases, family between Americans and Canadians are undiminished – indeed, they have never been stronger.

The Government of Canada is confident that shared values, geography and common interests will ultimately overcome protectionism.

As we have consistently said, we will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.

Minister Freeland is here to outline retaliatory measures (listed below). This morning, I called the Opposition leaders to notify them of our response.

In closing, I want to be very clear about one thing: Americans remain our partners, friends, and allies. This is not about the American people. We have to believe that at some point their common sense will prevail.

But we see no sign of that in this action today by the US administration.

 

SOURCE Prime Minister’s Office

 


 

Notice of intent to impose countermeasures action against the United States in response to tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products

Background

On May 31, 2018, the United States (U.S.) announced the imposition of tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada (at the rates of 25% and 10%, respectively).

In response to these measures, Canada intends to impose surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures against up to C$16.6 billion in imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S., representing the value of 2017 Canadian exports affected by the U.S. measures.  The Government is also considering whether additional measures may be required.

Scope of countermeasures

The products subject to countermeasures will be drawn from those listed in Tables 1 and 2 below.  Goods selected from Table 1 will be subject to a 25 per cent surtax or similar trade-restrictive measures.  Goods selected from Table 2 will be subject to a 10 per cent surtax or similar trade-restrictive measures.

These countermeasures will only apply to goods originating from the U.S., which shall be considered as those goods eligible to be marked as a good of the U.S. in accordance with the Determination of Country of Origin for the Purposes of Marking Goods (NAFTA Countries) Regulations.

These countermeasures will take effect on July 1, 2018 and will remain in place until the U.S. eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canada.  The countermeasures will not apply to U.S. goods that are in transit to Canada on the day on which these countermeasures come into force.

The list of products outlined at the heading, subheading or tariff item level in Tables 1 and 2 should be read in conjunction with the Schedule to Canada’s Customs Tariff.

Comments

Written comments should be provided no later than June 15, 2018. Submissions, at a minimum, should include the following information:

  1. Canadian company/industry association name, address, telephone number, and contact person.
  2. Relevant eight-digit tariff item(s) and description of the goods of particular interest.
  3. Reasons for the expressed support for, or concern with, the proposed countermeasures, including detailed information substantiating any expected beneficial or adverse impact.
  4. If the concern is expressed with respect to the proposed countermeasures for one or more eight-digit tariff item(s), please provide views on ways to alleviate such concerns.
  5. Please identify if the information provided in the submissions is commercially sensitive.

Address for comments

Comments and general inquiries should be sent to the following address: International Trade Policy Division (U.S. 232 Retaliation Consultations), Department of Finance, James Michael Flaherty Building, 14th Floor,
90 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5, 613-369-4024 (fax), (email).

 

Table 1
Tariff heading, subheading or item* Description**
72.06 Iron and non-alloy steel in ingots or other primary forms (excluding iron of heading 72.03)
72.07 Semi-finished products of iron or non-alloy steel
72.08 Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, hot-rolled, not clad, plated or coated
72.09 Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, cold-rolled (cold-reduced), not clad, plated or coated
72.10 Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, clad, plated or coated
72.11 Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm, not clad, plated or coated
72.12 Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm, clad, plated or coated
72.13 Bars and rods, hot-rolled, in irregularly wound coils, of iron or non-alloy steel
72.14 Bars and rods of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than forged, hot-rolled, hot-drawn or hot-extruded, but including those twisted after rolling.
72.15 Other bars and rods of iron or non-alloy steel
72.17 Wire of iron or non-alloy steel
72.18 Stainless steel in ingots or other primary forms; semi-finished products of stainless steel
72.19 Flat-rolled products of stainless steel, of a width of 600 mm or more
72.20 Flat-rolled products of stainless steel, of a width of less than 600 mm
72.21 Bars and rods, hot-rolled, in irregularly wound coils, of stainless steel
72.22 Other bars and rods of stainless steel; angles, shapes and sections of stainless steel
72.23 Wire of stainless steel
72.24 Other alloy steel in ingots or other primary forms; semi-finished products of other alloy steel
72.25 Flat-rolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more
72.26 Flat-rolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm
72.27 Bars and rods, hot-rolled, in irregularly wound coils, of other alloy steel
72.28 Other bars and rods of other alloy steel; angles, shapes and sections, of other alloy steel; hollow drill bars and rods, of alloy or non-alloy steel
72.29 Wire of other alloy steel.
7216.10 U, I or H sections, of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded, of a height of less than 80 mm
7216.21 L sections, of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded, of a height of less than 80 mm
7216.22 T sections, of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded, of a height of less than 80 mm
7216.50 Other angles, shapes and sections, of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded
7216.99 Other angles, shapes and sections, of iron or non-alloy steel
73.05 Other tubes and pipes (for example, welded, riveted or similarly closed), having circular cross-sections, the external diameter of which exceeds 406.4 mm, of iron or steel
73.06 Other tubes, pipes and hollow profiles (for example, open seam or welded, riveted or similarly closed), of iron or steel
7301.10 Sheet piling of iron or steel, whether or not drilled, punched or made from assembled elements
7302.40 Railway or tramway track construction material of iron or steel: Fish-plates and sole plates
7302.90 Other railway or tramway track construction material of iron or steel
7304.11 Line pipe of a kind used for oil or gas pipelines: Of stainless steel
7304.19 Line pipe of a kind used for oil or gas pipelines: Other
7304.24 Casing or tubing, of a kind used in drilling for oil or gas: Of stainless steel
7304.29 Other casing or tubing, of a kind used in drilling for oil or gas
7304.31 Tubes and pipes, of circular cross-section, of iron or non-alloy steel: Cold-drawn or cold-rolled (cold-reduced)
7304.39 Other tubes and pipes, of circular cross-section, of iron or non-alloy steel
7304.41 Tubes and pipes, of circular cross-section, of stainless steel: Cold-drawn or cold-rolled (cold-reduced)
7304.49 Other tubes and pipes, of circular cross-section, of stainless steel
7304.51 Tubes and pipes, of circular cross-section, of other alloy steel: Cold-drawn or cold-rolled (cold-reduced)
7304.59 Other tubes and pipes, of circular cross-section, of other alloy steel
7304.90 Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, seamless, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel.
*Where listed at the heading or subheading level, coverage includes all tariff items under that heading or subheading.
**Descriptions are included for illustrative purposes and do not necessarily reflect Harmonized System nomenclature.

 

Table 2
Tariff heading, subheading or item* Description**
0403.10 Yogourt
0901.21 Coffee, roasted: Not decaffeinated
1602.32.11 Prepared meals: Of spent fowl; Specially defined mixtures
1602.32.92 Other: Specially defined mixtures, other than in cans or glass jars; Spent fowl other than in cans or glass jars
1602.50.10 Prepared meals, of bovine
1602.50.99 Other prepared or preserved meat of bovine, other than in cans or glass jars
1702.20 Maple sugar and maple syrup
1704.90.20 Liquorice candy; Toffee
1704.90.90 Other sugar confectionery (including white chocolate), not containing cocoa.
1806.31 Other chocolate, in blocks, slabs or bars: Filled
1806.32 Other chocolate, in blocks, slabs or bars: Not filled
1905.90.51 Pizza and quiche
2001.10 Cucumbers and gherkins
2007.99.10 Strawberry jam
2007.99.90 Nut purées and nut pastes, berry purées, other fruit purées other than banana purée, other jams, jellies
2009.12 Orange juice: Not frozen, of a Brix value not exceeding 20
2103.10 Soya sauce
2103.20 Tomato ketchup and other tomato sauces
2103.30.20 Prepared mustard
2103.90 Mayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments and mixed seasonings, other sauces
2104.10 Soups and broths and preparations therefor
2202.10 Waters, including mineral waters and aerated waters, containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavoured
2208.30 Whiskies
3304.30 Manicure or pedicure preparations
3305.30 Hair lacquers
3307.10 Pre-shave, shaving or after-shave preparations
3307.49 Preparations for perfuming or deodorizing rooms, including odoriferous preparations used during religious rites, nes
3401.30 Organic surface-active products and preparations for washing the skin, in the form of liquid or cream and put up for retail sale, whether or not containing soap
3402.20.10 Automatic dishwasher detergents
3406.00.90 Other candles and tapers and the like not including those for birthdays, Christmas or other festive occasions
3506.10 Products suitable for use as glues or adhesives, put up for retail sale as glues or adhesives, not exceeding a net weight of 1 kg
3808.91.10 Insecticides: In packages of a gross weight not exceeding 1.36 kg each
3808.92.10 Fungicides: In packages of a gross weight not exceeding 1.36 kg each
3808.93.10 Herbicides, anti-sprouting products and plant-growth regulators: In packages of a gross weight not exceeding 1.36 kg each
3923.21.90 Other sacks and bags (including cones) of polymers of ethylene
3923.29.90 Other sacks and bags (including cones) of other plastics, nes
3924.10 Tableware and kitchenware
3924.90 Household articles and hygienic or toilet articles, of plastics
4412.39 Plywood, consisting solely of sheets of wood (other than bamboo), each ply not exceeding 6 mm thickness: Other, with both outer plies of coniferous wood
4412.99.90 Other plywood, veneered panels and similar laminated wood
4802.56 Other paper and paperboard, not containing fibres obtained by a mechanical or chemi-mechanical process or of which not more than 10% by weight of the total fibre content consists of such fibres: Weighing 40 g/m² or more but not more than 150 g/m², in sheets with one side not exceeding 435 mm and the other side not exceeding 297 mm in the unfolded state
4811.59 Other paper and paperboard coated, impregnated or covered with plastics (excluding adhesives)
4818.10 Toilet paper
4818.20 Handkerchiefs, cleansing or facial tissues and towels
4818.30 Tablecloths and serviettes
4822.10 Bobbins, spools caps and similar supports of a kind used for winding textile yarn, of paper pulp, paper or paperboard (whether or not perforated or hardened)
4822.90 Other bobbins, spools caps and similar supports of paper pulp, paper or paperboard (whether or not perforated or hardened)
4909.00 Printed or illustrated postcards; printed cards bearing personal greetings, messages or announcements, whether or not illustrated, with or without envelopes or trimmings.
7310.10 Beer kegs, of iron or steel, of a capacity of 50 litres or more
7310.29 Beer kegs, of iron or steel, of a capacity of less than 50 litres
7321.90 Parts of iron or steel, of stoves, ranges, grates, cookers (including those with subsidiary boilers for central heating), barbeques, braziers, gas-rings, plate warmers and similar non-electric domestic appliances
76.04 Aluminum bars, rods and profiles
76.05 Aluminum wire
76.06 Aluminum plates, sheets and strip, of a thickness exceeding 0.2 mm
76.07 Aluminum foil (whether or not printed or backed with paper, paperboard, plastics or similar backing materials) of a thickness (excluding any backing) not exceeding 0.2 mm
76.08 Aluminum tubes and pipes
76.09 Aluminum tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves)
76.10 Aluminum structures (excluding prefabricated buildings of heading 94.06) and parts of structures (for example, bridges and bridge-sections, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frameworks, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors, balustrades, pillars and columns); aluminum plates, rods, profiles, tubes and the like, prepared for use in structures
76.11 Aluminum reservoirs, tanks, vats and similar containers, for any material (other than compressed or liquefied gas), of a capacity exceeding 300 litres, whether or not lined or heat-insulated, but not fitted with mechanical or thermal equipment
76.12 Aluminum casks, drums, cans, boxes and similar containers (including rigid or collapsible tubular containers), for any material (other than compressed or liquefied gas), of a capacity not exceeding 300 litres, whether or not lined or heat-insulated, but not fitted with mechanical or thermal equipment
76.13 Aluminum containers for compressed or liquefied gas
76.14 Stranded wire, cables, plaited bands and the like, of aluminum, not electrically insulated
76.15 Table, kitchen or other household articles and parts thereof, of aluminum; pot scourers and scouring or polishing pads, gloves and the like, of aluminum; sanitary ware and parts thereof, of aluminum
76.16 Other articles of aluminum
8418.10 Combined refrigerator-freezers, fitted with separate external doors
8419.19 Instantaneous or storage water heaters, non-electric: Other than instantaneous gas water heaters
8422.11.90 Other dish washing machines, other than of the household type
8433.11 Mowers for lawns, parks or sports-grounds: Powered, with the cutting device rotating in a horizontal plane
8450.11 Household or laundry-type washing machines, each of a dry linen capacity not exceeding 10 kg: Fully-automatic machines
8450.20 Household or laundry-type washing machines, each of a dry linen capacity exceeding 10 kg
85.37 Boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets and other bases, equipped with two or more apparatus of heading 85.35 or 85.36, for electric control or the distribution of electricity, including those incorporating instruments or apparatus of Chapter 90, and numerical control apparatus, other than switching apparatus of heading 85.17
8903.10 Inflatable boats
8903.91 Sailboats, with or without auxiliary motor
8903.92 Motorboats, other than outboard motorboats
8903.99.90 Outboard motorboats, other vessels for pleasure or sports, nes
90.32 Automatic regulating or controlling instruments and apparatus
9401.61 Other seats, with wooden frames: Upholstered
9404.21 Mattresses of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or not covered
9404.29 Mattresses of other materials
9404.30 Sleeping bags
9404.90 Other bedding and similar articles, nes
9504.40 Playing cards
9608.10 Ball point pens
9608.20 Felt tipped and other porous-tipped pens and markers
*Where listed at the heading or subheading level, coverage includes all tariff items under that heading or subheading.
**Descriptions are included for illustrative purposes and do not necessarily reflect Harmonized System nomenclature.