Trump to lift steel, aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico

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Last fall, the three countries reached a deal on the newly named U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement. But Mexico supplied about $12 million of aluminum, iron and steel goods to ME previous year, roughly 19 percent of the $65 million ME imported from Mexico in 2018.

"But it looks like some sense of sanity has prevailed in the White House at long last, helped along the way by huge pressure from the USA private sector that found these surcharges to be very hurtful".

We don't yet know the precise terms of the deal, but it appears to be a good one for Canada.

"We note that USA postpones decision on auto tariffs for 180 days", European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Twitter.

Trump's decision followed a Commerce Department report that concluded rising imports of foreign autos and auto parts threatened US automotive research and development capabilities and thus impaired national security.

The United States has agreed to remove steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada in what was a key roadblock to a new trade deal and a sore point in relations.

Originally, the Trump administration had planned to make a decision whether or not to apply a tariff to imported cars and auto parts in May.

"We have been consistent on this from the first moment the USA started talking about 232 steel and aluminium tariffs that this had nothing to do with our NAFTA negotiations", said Freeland in November during a visit to Unifor Local 444 in Windsor to explain the new trade agreement.

President Donald Trump pumps his fist before speaking at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington.

Trump said the amount of auto parts imported into the United States "has displaced American-owned production" and represents a threat to national security.

Lighthizer will "address the threatened impairment of the national security with respect to imported automobiles and certain automobile parts from the European Union, Japan and any other country the trade representative deems appropriate", Trump wrote. "The entire USA auto and auto parts sector understands why it needs a global strategy, but the President clearly prefers 1980s style protectionism".

Taxing auto tariffs would mark a major escalation in Trump's aggressive trade policies.

But, while foreign-branded autos are popular in the United States, many automakers have championed their US-based manufacturing operations in places like Alabama, Kentucky and SC. CNBC reported on Friday that the next round of US-China negotiations were "in flux", with both sides refusing to compromise.

Foreign companies supplied theU.

Canadian officials have said these retaliatory measures would be lifted the minute the Americans dropped their tariffs. Republican senators, led by Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have emphasized the urgency of approving USMCA, and the importance of removing existing tariffs and avoiding new ones. The U.S. maintains a 2.5 percent tariff on foreign cars, lower than the EU's 10 percent levy.

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