U.S. To Reinstate Tariffs On Canadian Aluminum Imports

Date: August 13, 2020

The U.S. has reimposed a 10% tariff on non-alloyed unwrought aluminum imported from Canada, citing a substantial increase in imports over the period from June 2019 through May 2020. The tariff will take effect August 16, 2020. The U.S. originally imposed a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum in March 2018 as part of Proclamation 9704, using section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. In May 2019, the U.S. government determined that aluminum imports from Canada would no longer threaten to impair national security and the tariff was removed with the stipulation that these imports would be monitored. According to the White House’s latest proclamation on aluminum imports, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross advised the administration that imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum from Canada, which accounted for 59% of total Canadian aluminum imports from June 2019 through May 2020, increased substantially in the 12 months following the administration’s decision to exclude, on a long-term basis, Canada from the tariff proclaimed in Proclamation 9704.

Source: U.S. Glass