Minister Ng launches public consultations on potential collection and publication of country of melt and pour information for steel imports
May 12, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada firmly supports Canada’s steel industry, and the jobs and communities that benefit from it, against unfairly traded steel imports.
Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, launched public consultations to seek views on the potential collection and publication of country of melt and pour (COM) information for steel imports under Canada’s Steel Import Monitoring Program.
The consultations will provide a better understanding of the use and value of this data for stakeholders and to assess its potential application on the steel import process. Increasing surveillance over COM could increase supply chain transparency and help in obtaining a more fulsome picture of the origins of imported steel goods.
The consultations will be open until June 26, 2022, to all Canadians, including steel producers; manufacturers; processors; distributors; retailers and importers; industry associations and labour unions; small, medium, and large enterprises; academics and experts.
Please visit the Global Affairs Canada public consultations process web page to share your views.
Canada’s steel sector is an important part of our economy, providing thousands of Canadians with good middle-class jobs. Our government is committed to ensuring that the steel industry, and the people and communities who rely on it, are able to compete and succeed in a market that is not distorted by unfairly traded steel imports.”
- Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
In 2021, the Canadian steel industry employed nearly 23,700 workers and contributed $2.8 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product.
Canada imports more steel from the United States than any other country in the world, accounting for nearly 45% of U.S. exports in 2021.
In 2021, $17.4 billion worth of steel was traded between Canada and the United States.
The information collected as a result of this consultative exercise will assist Global Affairs Canada in the administration of the Steel Import Monitoring Program.
The Government of Canada has strengthened its steel import monitoring system following consultations with the steel industry, workers, and other stakeholders from various sectors on ways to improve Canada’s trade-remedy and import-monitoring regimes.
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