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Technical barrier to trade
On June 13, 2018, the Canada Gazette published the Regulations Amending the Determination of Country of Origin for the Purpose of Marking Goods (Non-NAFTA Countries) Regulations and the Determination of Country of Origin for the Purposes of Marking Goods (NAFTA Countries) Regulations (SOR 2018-116). The regulations amend country of origin marking rules to align with U.S. requirements for certain steel and aluminum products. The aim is to address the transhipment and diversion of foreign steel and aluminum into the North American market. The Regulatory Impact Analysis for the rules states that,
The transhipment and diversion of unfairly cheap foreign steel and aluminum products is a threat to Canadian jobs and the North American market. Among other measures taken by the Government to address this threat, Canada is amending its country of origin marking regime to align with United States (U.S.) requirements on certain steel and aluminum products.
The regulations expand the scope of goods that need to be marked for both NAFTA and non-NAFTA countries and the criteria used to determine the country of origin marking purposes for imports from NAFTA countries. Canada requires that goods specifically identified in the regulations be marked with the country of origin while the U.S. regime requires that all goods of foreign origin be marked. The amendments expand the scope of goods that must be marked to align with the treatment of certain steel and aluminum products under the U.S. regime.
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