MP Terry Sheehan is delighted with the funding announced today to increase effort at the border to prevent the import of cheap steel and aluminum.
“Since being elected I have advocated strongly to strengthen the steel industry in Canada. In 2016, 2017 and again in 2018 we have taken iron clad steps to strengthen and modernize Canada’s trade remedy system.” says Sheehan
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced over $30 million funding for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Global Affairs Canada to further strengthen Canada’s trade enforcement.
“Canadian workers and industries deserve a level playing field, and we will continue to protect them from unfair trade practices. Part of that includes making sure Canadian trade enforcement agencies have the resources they need to defend the competitiveness of our businesses and our important North American trading relationships. We will stand up for our workers and industries, and do what is needed to preserve the fair and open trading environment they depend on.” Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
The funding goes in to effect immediately, but is spread out over 5 years, with a 6.8 million allocation per year. The funding will provide for 40 new officers to investigate trade-related complaints, including those related to steel and aluminum.This will also enable the gathering of more accurate data on imports to help better monitor trade trends and better protect Canadian industries and workers against unfair trade.
This further bolsters Canada’s efforts to prevent transshipment and diversion of unfairly priced foreign steel and aluminum into the North American market. While Canada already has strong and effective enforcement, we are taking these additional steps to ensure our workers and industries are not harmed by unfair trade.
In addition to the new funding, the Government of Canada is:
o Further aligning Canada’s marking regime with that of our closest trading partner, the United States. Regulatory changes – subject to a 15-day consultation period through the Canada Gazette – will expand the scope of steel and aluminum products that need to be marked with their country of origin.
o Bringing into force the regulations announced by the Prime Minister on March 27, 2018. These include regulatory changes that allow the CBSA to identify and stop companies that try to avoid duties, and that give the CBSA greater flexibility to determine whether prices charged in the exporter’s domestic market are distorted. They also include measures to give unions standing to participate in trade remedy proceedings.
The Government of Canada is also consulting regularly with provincial-territorial representatives, as well as industry and union stakeholders, through recently established trade monitoring committees on steel and aluminum to ensure imports do not hurt Canadian and North American jobs.
Canada will continue to monitor the trade situation closely, and will take additional steps as needed to support our industries.
Video:MP Terry Sheehan asked the Prime Minister what more can be done to protect the steel industry on March 28th.