On 31st December 2019, the Trade Controls Bureau at Global Affairs Canada published a new Notice to Importers (Serial No. 983) concerning the administration of the safeguard tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for certain imports of heavy steel plate and stainless steel wire for the period from 1st February 2020 through 24th October 2021. Further to the public consultation conducted by Global Affairs Canada from 25th November until 8th December 2019, each of the quotas will continue to be divided into two pools: (i) an allocation pool, from which in-quota volumes are allocated to eligible applicants based on their import history during a 12-month reference period (1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018); and (ii) a residual pool, available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who do not hold allocations.
From 1st February 2020 until the last day of the safeguard measures on 24th October 2021, the TRQs will be administered in three “quota periods” as follows:
The Notice provides that, going forward, Global Affairs Canada will publish a public list of the names of allocation holders on its website (without disclosing their quota allocation quantities or their utilization rates).
For more information about the administration of these steel safeguard TRQs, please see the new Notice to Importers (Serial No. 983) published by Global Affairs Canada and Customs Notice 19-08 published by the Canada Border Services Agency.
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