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Technical barrier to trade
On May 30, 2018, the Government of Canada announced further measures to support Canadian steel and aluminum workers and industries by bolstering efforts to prevent transshipment and diversion of unfairly priced foreign steel and aluminum into the North American market. This entailed aligning its country of origin marking regime for steel and aluminum products with that of the United States. These regulatory changes expand the scope of steel and aluminum products that need to be marked with their country of origin, and amend the criteria used to determine the country of origin for marked goods. According to a press release, "Better aligning the marking regime with that of the United States builds on new funding of more than $30 million over five years, starting immediately, and $6.8 million per year thereafter to hire 40 new officers to investigate trade-related complaints, including those related to steel and aluminum, and to improve the accuracy and timeliness of published steel import data. This is in addition to recent regulatory changes that allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to identify and stop companies that try to avoid duties, and that give the CBSA greater flexibility in responding to situations where prices charged in the exporter's domestic market are distorted."
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