Canada Introduces Provisional Safeguard Measures of 25% on 7 Steel Products!

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:

  1. energy tubular;
  2. heavy plate;
  3. hot-rolled sheet;
  4. pre-painted steel;
  5. concrete reinforcing bar;
  6. wire rod; and
  7. 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.

The Schedule:

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.

Stay Tuned…

As the safeguards are implemented (or not) we will provide updates!

John Reiterowski, DS Lawyers Canada, LLP

DS Customs & Trade team located in Paris, Brussels, Montreal, Toronto, Lima, Singapore, Vietnam, Beijing, Guangzhou, Dakar and Cotonou is at your disposal to provide you with additional information.