United States resumes duty-free treatment of aluminum imported from Canada

United States resumes duty-free treatment

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a release announcing that the United States will resume duty-free treatment of non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum from Canada retroactive to September 1, 2020.

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The USTR release explains that the United States has determined that trade in non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum is likely to normalize in the last four months of 2020, with imports declining sharply from the surges experienced earlier in the year.  

Because average monthly imports are expected to decline 50% from the monthly average from January through July, the United States will modify the terms of the 10% tariffs imposed under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, imposed in August. Read TradeNewsFlash

Six weeks after the end of any month during the period September through December 2020, the United States will determine whether actual shipments met expectations.

  • If actual shipments exceeded 105% of the expected volume for any month during the four-month period, then the United States will impose the 10% tariff retroactively on all shipments made in that month. 
  • If shipments in any month exceed the expected volume, the United States expects that shipments in the next month will decline by a corresponding amount.
  • If imports exceed 105% of the expected volume in any month, the United States may re-impose the 10% tariff going forward.


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