USTR Rescinds 10% Tariff On Canadian Aluminum, Expecting Imports To “Normalize”

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the rescission of Section 232 tariffs on Canadian aluminum, retroactive to September 1, 2020. The 10% tariff on non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum under subheading 7601.10 from Canada was announced on August 6, 2020 and went into effect on August 16, 2020. Following the USTR’s announcement of the tariffs last month, Canada responded with retaliatory tariffs that it intended to implement on September 16, 2020.

After negotiations with the Canadian government, USTR concluded that trade in non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum is “likely to normalize in the last four months of 2020” from the high levels experienced earlier this year. However, the USTR could decide to resume the tariffs at a future date if imports from Canada exceed 105 percent of the expected volume in any month.

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