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CME applauds government's announcement of safeguard measures to prevent foreign steel from flooding Canadian market

Published by CME Staff on October 12, 2018

CME applauds the Government of Canada for imposing safeguard measures to guard against the diversion of foreign steel products from flooding the Canadian market. The Canadian government announced today a new 25% surtax on 7 steel products only if imports of those products exceed historic levels.

While today's announcement reflects what CME had asked for during the public consultation on steel safeguards, we urge the government to not lose sight of the 232 steel and aluminum tariff issue.

CME appreciates the government's efforts to mitigate the impacts of tariffs on Canadian manufacturers through the relief mechanisms. However, failure to address the tariffs in short order could have devastating impact on the industry and on the competitiveness of North American steel and aluminum manufacturers.

CME urges Canada and the US build on the momentum of the recently agreed upon USMCA, to resolve their differences with regards to steel aluminum imports and, to repeal all tariffs.


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Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and thrive around the world. In 2016, CME released Industrie 2030 - a roadmap for doubling Canadian manufacturing activity by 2030. Our focus is to ensure the sector is dynamic, profitable, productive, innovative and growing. We aim to do this by strengthening the labour force, accelerating the adoption of advanced technology, supporting product commercialization, expanding marketplaces and, most importantly, ensuring a globally-competitive business environment. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada's exports.

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