Safeguard Inquiries

International trade rules allow Canada to temporarily restrict imports to allow Canadian producers to adapt. These temporary measures are called safeguards. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has the authority to inquire into safeguard complaints from Canadian producers, as well as safeguard references from the Government of Canada. Complaints from Canadian producers can cover imports from all countries (global safeguards) or just imports from countries with which Canada has signed a free trade agreement (bilateral safeguards). When specifically directed by the Government, the Tribunal may also recommend appropriate remedies to offset the harmful effects of import surges, as is the case with the recently announced safeguard reference on certain steel goods