Canada’s aluminium industry is applauding Ottawa for its recent announcement that aluminium will be added to the government’s Import Control List system.
In a statement released last week by the Aluminium Association of Canada, the organization praised the Canadian government’s use of the Export and Import Permits Act to help safeguard the dominion’s producers from the illicit aluminium trade
“These additions to the ICL will allow the government to track and monitor imports of aluminium and help ensure that Canada does not become an entry point for transshipment or circumvention of Canadian or U.S. trade measures,” opined the Aluminium Association of Canada’s President and CEO Jean Simard.
Beginning Sunday, aluminium importers will be required to provide the correct General Import Permit number in order to legally bring in a wide variety of aluminium products. Importers will also be required to provide reports to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and the reports will be audited by Global Affairs Canada. Penalties will be assessed against importers should any inaccuracies be found in the reports.
The AAC notes that the move is consistent with the Canadian government’s commitment made in last spring’s Joint Statement with Washington, D.C. regarding the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on aluminium and steel in which Ottawa committed to work to prevent transshipment of aluminium and steel.
“Canada is the historic source of aluminium produced with clean renewable energy in North America,” Simard noted. “The actions today support Canada’s competitiveness in the production of aluminium and aluminium products. With this system of import monitoring in place, Canada sends a strong signal that it will not tolerate trade manipulation or circumvention through its ports.”
The AAC closed by reaffirming its commitment to working with Ottawa in carrying out the import monitoring measures it implements pursuant to last year’s Joint Statement.