October 17, 2018
Canada has excluded a long list of steel and some aluminum products from its 25 per cent tariff on U.S. metal, offering short-term relief to the country’s auto sector, which relies heavily on U.S.-made steel.
The exemptions, which reduce vehicle and parts manufacturers’ costs, show the Canadian government is willing to protect autos, a key export industry, even when that benefits U.S. steelmakers in the midst of a trade war, according to Reuters.
The Canadian tariffs were imposed on July 1, in retaliation for U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.
On Thursday, the Canadian government published two lists of mostly steel products newly exempt from tariffs because of shortages, after companies sought relief. It did not say which companies or sectors had requested exemptions.
Companies who applied for tariff relief can import some of the products duty-free until December 31, and the rest are duty-free indefinitely, according to instructions posted online.