Report Says Trudeau Government Ready to Exempt LNG Canada From Steel Tariffs

John Crawford
09/26/2018

A report in the Globe and Mail says the Trudeau government agrees with LNG Canada that it should be exempted from tariffs on steel imported from Asia for its proposed Kitimat project.

The newspaper says the federal Liberals have conceded that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners cannot source domestically the steel needed to construct the 40-billion dollar facility and therefore should not have to pay tariffs on it.

The investment partners had filed a request with the finance ministry for a “duty remission” that would exempt it from duties on imported steel modules that could add one billion to construction costs.

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The government is first waiting for a tariff ruling from the Federal Court of Appeal on the matter.

The Globe and Mail cited two unnamed sources as saying the governing Liberals are optimistic the group will decide to move ahead with the project by the end of the year.

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