Canada says it’s going to impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports

Toronto, August 8

Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister has stated that the nation plans to impose 3.6 billion Canadian (USD 2.69 billion) tariffs on US imports in response to President Donald Trump saying the US is reinstating a 10 per cent import tax on Canadian aluminum.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland stated on Friday the tariffs will match the US ones dollar-for-dollar. Canada is contemplating imposing a tariff on dozens of merchandise, together with golf golf equipment, bicycles, fridges, washing machines, tripods, sports activities tools like bats and hockey sticks and embossed aluminum cans for drinks.

Trump initially imposed the tariffs on aluminum imports in 2018. He then lifted them final 12 months on Canadian and Mexican metals to clean the way in which for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which changed the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The new pact took impact July 1 and was anticipated to convey stability to North American commerce. The new tariff spat comes after the US in 2018 imposed a 25 per cent obligation on metal and a 10 per cent obligation on aluminum.

Canada responded with tariffs on a whole lot of US merchandise resembling ketchup, espresso, strawberry jam and whisky earlier than the 2 nations dropped their efforts and agreed to the brand new North American free commerce deal.

Trump stated on Thursday that he was re-implementing tariffs as a result of there was a surge in aluminum exports from Canada to the US in current months, however trade organisations dispute that declare.

Aluminum imports from Canada rose sharply from February to March however have since levelled off and dropped 2.6 per cent from May to June, in line with the Aluminum Association commerce group. — AP

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