Argo Customs Announces Changes to Steel Shipment Processes

[July 9, 2019 – CANADA] Global Affairs Canada (GAC), one of Canada’s largest trade promotion agencies, announced recently that steel shipments may be processed using the SWI IID. This is a change from prior policies and also includes those shipments subject to safeguard measures. The information is a major change to that previously posted on GCCollab.

As one of Canada’s leading importing and exporting companies, Argo Customs is committed to keeping up with major industry changes. For those importing and exporting steel in and out of Canada, it’s important to note that:

• Goods being shipped into Canada that are subject to safeguards a require a specific permit: GIP80 or GIP81 can be used on the IID with the appropriate GAC shipment permit number provided at the time of accounting.

• There are distinct measurements for the customs tariff and UOM required by GAC for steel. For shipments of steel into Canada, importers need to indicate the proper unit of measurement, which is either KGMs or metric tons. This rule applies for all steel entries into Canada.

• The CBSA data element matching table for steel includes HS Codes for commodities that fall under the steel safeguards.

For more information regarding importing steel into Canada, visit the Global Affairs Website, paying particular attention to Section C, related to carbon and specialty steel imports or consult the professionals from Argo Customs.

About Argo Customs:

Argo Customs is one of Canada’s leading import/export brokerages, offering a range of services, including commercial and personal shipping solutions, customers and consulting services, cargo status updates, and more. Their staff can help streamline the Canadian Customs process and ensure all of the necessary paperwork and certifications are properly filed and up-to-date. To learn more about their services, call 1 (888) 311-8303 or visit