On August 7, 2020, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada will be imposing retaliatory tariffs on $2.7 billion worth of U.S. imports in response to President Trump’s decision to re-implement a 10% ad valorem tariff on non-alloyed unwrought aluminum from Canada (HTS subheading 7601.10). During a news conference Freeland stated, “We will impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures in a balanced and perfectly reciprocal retaliation.” These decisions come after the two countries, along with Mexico, recently implemented the USMCA to further facilitate trade.

Following the announcement, the Canadian Department of Finance issued a notice containing a list of over sixty aluminum goods subject to a 10% rate that will take effect on September 16, 2020. According to the notice, interested parties (Canadian companies or Canadian industry associations) should provide written comments by September 6, 2020 to fin.tariff-tarif.fin@canada.ca.

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any updates as more information becomes available. Husch Blackwell encourages those who may have questions or concerns on this issue to please contact the International Trade and Supply Chain team.

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Photo of Stephen Brophy Stephen Brophy

Stephen brings more than 20 years of international trade experience to Husch Blackwell. His practice focuses on trade relief and regulation, representing clients in antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard proceedings. He has assisted clients with these and other related matters before the U.S.

Stephen brings more than 20 years of international trade experience to Husch Blackwell. His practice focuses on trade relief and regulation, representing clients in antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard proceedings. He has assisted clients with these and other related matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission. Stephen is also experienced with customs issues, including tariff classification, valuation and country of origin marking matters.

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Turner, who plans to pursue a juris doctorate, relishes the opportunity to dig into cases and research the relevant laws. He thrives in fast-paced environments and excels at working under pressure.

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Camron researches transitions in global trade policy and their impact on client business matters. Camron assists clients, attorneys and legal teams when trade, business and the law intersect.