Canada and United States Agree to Remove Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

steel roll - update to surtax on importation of certain steel goodsIn a joint statement on May 17, Canada and the United States announced they have reached an agreement to lift tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum products in 2018.

Effective May 19, 2019, the agreement applies to the tariffs imposed by the United States in June 2018 under Section 232, as well as Canada’s retaliatory tariffs.

The agreement also includes provisions to:

  • Establish a process for monitoring surges in trade in the metals markets;
  • Prevent transshipment of steel and aluminum made outside of Canada or the United States to the other country; and
  • Prevent the importation of metals that are unfairly subsidized and/or sold at dumped prices.


On May 31, 2018, the US announced it would impose tariffs on certain steel and aluminum imports from Canada. As a result, Canada imposed surtaxes and similar trade-restrictive countermeasures for selected products originating out of the U.S. The additional 25% or 10% countermeasures came into effect on July 1, 2018.


If you have any questions regarding tariffs on steel or aluminum or any other import/export-related concerns, please contact our Customs Consulting Department or your nearest PF Collins office.

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