Businesses that send surtax remission orders for steel and aluminum products will see some changes to how their claims are processed.
Department of Finance Canada is stating that a remission order placed before June 25 will be processed by Canada Border Services Agency under the United States Surtax Remission Order issued on October 11, 2018. Amendments placed under remission orders issued on Dec. 17, 2018, and April 25, 2019, will also be taken into account.
Claims placed on or after June 25 will also be processed as those claims submitted before June 25 taking into account the two remission orders with additional amendments made under the Order Amending the United States Surtax Remission Order, No. 2019-2 issued on June 25, 2019.
“The only goods subject to a refund of surtax are those currently described on the June 25 list of Steel, Aluminum and Other Goods Imported from the U.S. Subject to Remission of Countermeasures,” said John Quirke, vice-president of trade consultants for Frontier Supply Chain Solutions.
Surtax relief for certain products came about in response to American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. The Government of Canada introduced reciprocal countermeasures on July 1, 2018, which also included surtax relief for Canadian businesses. After negotiations and pressure from industry, both parties reached an agreement on May 20, 2019, repealing all tariffs and countermeasures on the taxed items.
The changes to the Remission Order consist of:
amendments to items 14 to 17, 25, 26, 28, 31, 34, 35, 40, 41, 47 to 49, 52, 83, 104, 115, 120, 121, 138, 144, 146, 150, 155, 156, 158 and 160 of Schedule 1;
the addition of items 169 to 394 to Schedule 1;
amendments to items 8, 28 to 31, 34, 44 and 45 of Schedule 2;
the addition of items 47 to 62 to Schedule 2;
amendments to items 14, 109 to 115, 159, 162, 168, 172, 174 to 176, 178, 179, 183, 184, 233, 234, 283, 292, 296 and 310 of Schedule 3;
the addition of items 315 to 380 to Schedule 3; and
the addition of items 7 to 11 to Schedule 4.
If you believe that your goods are subject to surtax relief, contact Quirke at [email protected] or at 905-761-8640 extension 221.

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