Canada has announced provisional safeguard measures of 25% on seven steel products: heavy plate, concrete reinforcing bar, energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheet, pre-painted steel, stainless steel wire, and wire rod commencing on October 25, 2018.
Canada Begins Safeguard Inquiry into Steel Products
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has begun an inquiry into and report on the importation of the following seven classes of goods:
- energy tubular;
- heavy plate;
- hot-rolled sheet;
- pre-painted steel;
- concrete reinforcing bar;
- wire rod; and
- stainless steel wire.
The full Notice of Commencement Safeguard Inquiry can be found here.
The Clock is Ticking!
Each person or government wishing to make submissions to the Tribunal must file a Notice of Participation with the Tribunal on or before October 29, 2018.
Please note that if you intend to participate, the clock is ticking! Contact your lawyer/trade representative before October 29, 2018.
|October 11, 2018||Notice of commencement of inquiry/ Questionnaires posted|
|October 29, 2018||Notices of participation and representation/ Declarations and undertakings|
|October 31, 2018||Replies to all questionnaires and case management teleconference|
|November 26, 2018||Distribution of Tribunal exhibits, including Statistical Summaries|
|December 6, 2018, by noon||Case briefs of parties|
|December 13, 2018, by noon||Reply briefs|
|December 17, 2018||Tribunal to decide which witnesses will testify|
|December 27, 2018||Deadline for procedural and preliminary matters|
|January 3, 2019 – January 22, 2019||Public hearings|
|April 3, 2019||Report, including any recommendations|
Imports from the United States, Israel and other CIFTA beneficiaries, Chile and Mexico (with the exception of energy tubular and wire rod classes of goods) are excluded from the Tribunal’s inquiry. For the sake of clarity, imports of energy tubular and wire rod from Mexico are within the scope of the Tribunal’s inquiry.
Full descriptions of the subject goods and public hearings are posted here.
As the safeguards are implemented (or not) we will provide updates!
John Reiterowski, DS Lawyers Canada, LLP
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