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Canada says it will impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports

Canada says it will impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports Photo: WDIO-TV

Associated Press reports
Updated: August 07, 2020 03:38 PM

Canada’s deputy prime minister says the country plans to impose $3.6 billion Canadian (US$2.69 billion) tariffs on U.S. imports in response to President Donald Trump saying the U.S. is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum.

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday that the tariffs will match the U.S. ones dollar-for-dollar.

Canada is considering imposing a tariff on dozens of products, including golf clubs, bicycles, refrigerators, washing machines, tripods, sports equipment like bats and hockey sticks and embossed aluminum cans for beverages.

Trump originally imposed the tariffs on aluminum imports in 2018. He then lifted them last year on Canadian and Mexican metals to smooth the way for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

That agreement took effect July 1 and was expected to bring stability to North American trade.

But Trump declared Thursday that he was reimposing the tariffs on Canada because the country was flooding the U.S. with aluminum. Speaking at a factory in Ohio, Trump said Canada was taking advantage of the U.S.

"The aluminum business was being decimated by Canada, very unfair to our jobs and our great aluminum workers," Trump said.

The president said U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer advised him that this step is necessary to defend the aluminum industry.

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