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U.S. Tariffs on Canadian Exports

On June 29, 2018 the Government of Canada announced it would make available up to $2 billion to defend and protect the interests of Canadian workers and businesses in the steel, aluminum and manufacturing industries. Further information can be found in the backgrounder Support for Canadian Steel and Aluminum Workers and Industry as well as the following resources:

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
BDC has made available a commercial financing envelope of up to $800 million over two years for eligible steel and aluminum small and medium-sized enterprises with viable business strategies to expand into new markets, increase operational and environmental efficiency, or purchase new technology and equipment. Further information is available on BDC’s website, by calling 1-877-232-2269 or e-mail

Export Development Canada (EDC)
EDC is making up to $900 million in commercial financing and insurance available over the next two years, to assist viable companies in the steel and aluminum sectors and related industries. For more information visit EDC’s website, call 1-888-220-0047 or write to .

Strategic Innovation Fund – ISED
In response to additional tariffs imposed by the United States, up to $250 million in additional support is now available through the Strategic Innovation Fund managed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. These funds are intended to help bolster the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and better integrate the Canadian supply chain of steel and aluminum.

Global Affairs Canada – Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
The Trade Commissioner Service is on the ground in 161 cities abroad and in Canada and can help you navigate the complexities of international markets. For all general enquiries regarding your trade concerns, connect with the TCS at or directly with the TCS Regional Office network across Canada.

CanExport, delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service, is a program that provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises registered in Canada that are seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets.

Finance Canada
Finance Canada has recently released a framework and process for how it will consider remission requests for the surtaxes on products that came into force on July 1, 2018. For all enquiries or remission requests, email:

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
CBSA provides the following programs to assist with customs duties:

  1. Drawback Program: Refund of customs duties paid for imported goods
  2. Duty Relief Program: Exemption of customs duties (conditions apply)

For all questions regarding the Duty Relief Program and the Drawback Program, contact the general helpline at: Toll-free 1-800-461-9999 from within Canada. You may also contact your nearest CBSA office.

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