The Canadian government announced actions to prevent the transshipment and diversion of foreign steel and aluminum into the North American market.
The Finance Ministry release announces that Canada has aligned its country of origin marking regime for steel and aluminum products with that of the United States. These regulatory changes are intended to expand the scope of steel and aluminum products that need to be marked with their country of origin, and amend the criteria used to determine the country of origin for marked goods. According to the release, aligning with U.S. requirements will help support effective customs enforcement with more consistent and predictable treatment of these goods by Canadian and U.S. authorities.
The alignment of the marking regime with that of the United States further builds on efforts to investigate trade-related complaints, including those related to steel and aluminum, and to improve the accuracy and timeliness of published steel import data. This is in addition to recent regulatory changes that allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to identify and stop companies that try to avoid duties, and that give the CBSA greater flexibility in responding to situations when prices charged in the exporter's domestic market are distorted.
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