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Canada Excludes Certain Items from Safeguard Duties on Heavy Plate and Steel Wire, Enhances Steel and Aluminium Monitoring Efforts

Canada imposed on 13 May final safeguard duties on imports of certain heavy plate classified under HTSCA 7208.51.00.10, 7208.51.00.93, 7208.51.00.94, 7208.51.00.95, 7208.52.00.10, 7208.52.00.93 and 7208.52.00.96 and stainless steel wire classified under HTSCA 7223.00.00.10 and 7223.00.00.20 from most sources. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal subsequently conducted an inquiry concerning exclusion requests for heavy plate and stainless steel wire subject to the safeguard measures and has now determined to exclude a number of products from those measures.

Below is a summary of the products that were initially excluded from the safeguard duties as well as those that were excluded following the CITT inquiry.

  • Previously excluded heavy plate products: (i) all plate in coil form and (ii) all plate having a rolled, raised figure at regular intervals on the surface (also known as floor plate).
  • Newly excluded heavy plate products: (i) hot-rolled carbon steel plate produced to ASME SA516/SA516M or ASTM A516/A516M, normalised, ASME SA299/SA299M or ASTM A299/A299M, normalised, and ASME SA537/SA537M or ASTM A537/A537M, normalised, in certain specific dimensions; (ii) hot-rolled carbon steel plate in grade ASME SA516 Grade 70 or ASTM A516 Grade 70, normalised, in thicknesses greater than or equal to 3.25 inches and widths greater than or equal to 97 inches; (iii) hot-rolled carbon steel plate in grade ASME SA516 Grade 70 or ASTM A516 Grade 70, normalised, with a thickness greater than 3.28 inches; (iv) hot-rolled carbon steel plate manufactured to certain specifications and grades, normalised or vacuum degassed (including while molten), with a sulphur content less than 0.005 percent and a phosphorus content less than or equal to 0.017 percent, imported exclusively for use in the manufacture of pressure vessels for the oil and gas sector for use in sour service and hydrogen-induced cracking applications; (v) high-strength low-alloy structural steel plate in grade ASTM A1066/A1066M, produced by thermo-mechanical controlled process; (vi) hot-rolled carbon steel plate for use in the manufacture of oil and gas line pipe (also known as skelp); and (vii) hot-rolled carbon steel plate in grades API 5L X70 PSL2 or CSA Grade 483 Category II for use in the manufacture of oil and gas line pipe.
  • Previously excluded steel wire products: cold drawn and cold drawn and annealed stainless steel cold-rolled profile wire, up to 0.031 square inches (0.787 sq. mm) in maximum solid cross-sectional area.
  • Newly excluded heavy plate products: cold drawn and cold drawn and annealed stainless steel round wire, up to 0.256 inches (6.50 mm) in maximum solid cross-sectional dimension (439 copper-coated TiCu stainless steel wire in diameters of 0.030 inch to 0.187 inch is excluded).

Canada has also taken certain actions in an effort to enhance its steel and aluminium import monitoring efforts. Specifically, the following aluminium products have been added to the list of imported products controlled for monitoring purposes and now require an import permit: unwrought aluminium products (not alloyed and alloyed) and wrought aluminium products (bars, rods and profiles; wire; plates, sheets and strip; foil; tubes and pipes; tube and pipe fittings; and castings).

Additionally, the general import permits for carbon steel and specialty steel products have been amended to add a reporting requirement as a term and condition of those permits, thereby encouraging importers to provide complete and accurate information in their customs declaration forms.

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