Canada 'must fight for exemption on steel tariffs'


The idea of the tariff is to stop our reliance on Chinese imports, and return jobs and money to the U.S. That's just the foreign trade part.

He says Canada is a "staunch ally" of the US and that it has been "firm" in its opposition to the tariffs. In the immediate aftermath, Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo told local media that he was "seeking urgent clarification" from us officials to see if Australia would be exempt. "I have no reason to believe he's going to change his mind".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told President Donald Trump Monday night that he has "serious concerns" about Trump's plan to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. "That's in no-one's interests", Ciobo said. They will place tariffs on goods imported from the United States, which will result in the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of American workers.

The vast majority of the tariffs would affect US iron, steel and industrial goods, Bloomberg reported.

Representative Kevin Brady, another top House Republican, called on Mr Trump not to hit America's closest allies.

"In spite of [our] hard work, we have not made the progress that many had hoped in this round".

The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, has compiled a list of goods on which to impose retaliatory tariffs, including American motorcycles and bourbon. "I think this is terribly counterproductive for the (agriculture) economy and I'm not very happy", Roberts said.

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President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Thursday for its immediate implementation, Reuters added. The Observatory said some 2,000 civilians had fled government shelling and clashes in eastern parts of the enclave.

Minimize Canadian content: Responsive tariffs should focus on US goods and services with little Canadian content, to minimize the pain for Canadian suppliers to USA industry. His administration is seeking to renegotiate all USA trade deals.

Trump's moves have sparked concerns of a trade war in which countries retaliate with trade restrictions against the US.

Such fears have been heightened by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who told the USA media that the president has no plan to exempt any countries from the tariffs which are expected to be implemented this week at the earliest, they said.

Campaigns for Mexico's presidential election in July officially kickoff in a few weeks, and Mexican leaders have long warned they can't ratify a new deal in an election-season environment.

Labour MP Chris Bryant, a spokesperson for the Open Britain campaign, said the move "should ring out like a mayday to anyone who still thinks a trade deal with the U.S. is an answer to the trade we stand to lose if we leave the EU".

Moreover, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, the number of Americans employed in sectors that consume steel and aluminium far outnumber those that are directly employed in those sectors.