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June 15 Deadline for Comments on Scope of Canadian Retaliatory Duties

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Canada is accepting comments through June 15 on the U.S. products on which additional tariffs should be imposed in retaliation for higher U.S. import duties on steel and aluminum products. Other major U.S. trading partners are preparing to take similar measures.

On June 1 the U.S. rescinded the exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs it had temporarily provided to the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. Canada plans to impose an additional duty of 10 percent or 25 percent on U.S. products effective from July 1 but is still considering which products will be affected.

The EU anticipates that its additional 25 percent duties will be applied beginning in July and until the U.S. lifts its tariffs against EU steel and aluminum products. U.S. goods affected will include textile, apparel, and footwear items, orange juice, bourbon whiskey, tobacco products, cosmetic products, steel and aluminum products, playing cards, sailboats, and motorcycles. The EU has also set forth a second group of products on which duties could be increased by up to 50 percent in March 2021 if the U.S. has not rescinded its steel and aluminum tariffs by then.

Mexico’s Ministry of Economy said its countermeasures will apply to U.S. products such as flat steel (hot and cold foil, including coated and various tubes), lamps, pork legs and shoulders, sausages and food preparations, apples, grapes, blueberries, and various cheeses.

India and Turkey have also prepared retaliation lists while Japan, Korea, and Russia have notified their intention to retaliate but have yet to release more details on the product coverage.

If you think you might be negatively impacted by these tariffs, please contact Thomas G. Travis at (305) 894-1001 or Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 to review the lists as available and discuss options, alternatives, and actions that might be pursued to protect your export markets.

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