In the notification, Canada indicated, among other things, as follows:
“4 Provide a point of contact for the investigation and identify the preferred means for corresponding
CITT address for correspondence:
Canadian International Trade Tribunal
333 Laurier Avenue West
E-mail address: email@example.com
5 Provide the deadlines and procedures for importers, exporters and other interested parties to present evidence and their views, including (i) deadlines and procedures for members and exporters to identify themselves as interested parties, if so required, to participate in the investigation and (ii) the date of an intended public hearing as provided for in article 3.1.
Deadlines and procedures related to the participation of interested parties in the inquiry are set out in the Notice of Commencement of Safeguard Inquiry published by the CITT, submitted to the Committee and available on the CITT's website (www.citt.gc.ca/en/node/8405). Importers, exporters and other interested parties will be able to present evidence and their views during the inquiry, up to and during the hearing to be scheduled by the CITT.
The CITT will issue questionnaires to domestic producers, importers and foreign producers of each of the steel products concerned to request relevant statistical and other information. Replies to the questionnaires should be received within 20 days of the date of publication of the Notice of Commencement of Safeguard Inquiry. Interested parties will also be able to file case briefs and reply briefs, as per the schedule set out by the CITT.
Interested parties wishing to participate in the inquiry as a party must file a notice of participation with the CITT by 29 October 2018. This deadline must be strictly observed. Submissions filed after the deadline will only be accepted in demonstrably extraordinary circumstances and with leave of the CITT.
The dates and other details on the hearing will be published on the CITT's website.”
Further information is available in G/SG/N/6/CAN/4.
What is a safeguard investigation?
A safeguard investigation seeks to determine whether increased imports of a product are causing, or is threatening to cause, serious injury to a domestic industry.
During a safeguard investigation, importers, exporters and other interested parties may present evidence and views and respond to the presentations of other parties.
A WTO member may take a safeguard action (i.e. restrict imports of a product temporarily) only if the increased imports of the product are found to be causing, or threatening to cause, serious injury.