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On Friday, the United States stated it would lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico within two days. These tariffs, which have been in place since March 2018, may signal a sooner, rather than later, passing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

In a statement released by the Canadian government, Canadian officials said the U.S. and Canada would implement effective measures to:

• Prevent the importation of aluminum and steel that is unfairly subsidized and/or sold at dumped prices; and
• Prevent the transshipment of aluminum and steel made outside of Canada or the United States to the other country. Canada and the United States will consult together on these measures.

On Sunday, CBP published CSMS #19-000252 that states, “Effective for goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 20, 2019, the Section 232 duty on imports of steel and aluminum articles with a country of origin of Canada or Mexico will no longer be in effect.”

Mallory Alexander will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated as more information is made available. Please contact your Account Representative if you have any further questions.

Sources: NCBFAA and CBP