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US drops tax on Canada aluminum, heading off retaliation

US drops tax on Canada aluminum, heading off retaliation Photo: WDIO-TV file

PAUL WISEMAN and ROB GILLIES, The Associated Press
Created: September 15, 2020 02:17 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration says it is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminum, easing tensions with a close ally and preempting Canada’s plans to impose retaliatory sanctions.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that the U.S. is ending the 10% tariffs a month after it imposed them.

Washington had charged last month that an influx of Canadian aluminum justified the tariffs. But in a statement, the office says shipments of Canadian aluminum are returning to normal levels. It said it could re-impose the tariffs if the imports surged again.

Canada was preparing to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products Tuesday. A senior Canadian government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says Canada made no concessions.

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PAUL WISEMAN and ROB GILLIES, The Associated Press

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