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Canada retaliates tariffs on United States metals, orange juice

05 July, 2018, 07:59 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Canada reveals final retaliatory tariffs vs US

Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in US goods as retaliation for the Trump administration's new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States.

America's largest business lobbying group, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is also launching a campaign in opposition to Trump's tariffs, according to a Reuters report.

"I think a lot of people are willing to take him at his word - that what he's doing is going to be helpful for farmers and ranchers in rural communities", Purdue said.

"Clearly, I think after today, the ball's going to be in the USA court and they'll just have several choices of paths they want to take and I'm hopeful the messages today are one's that indicate a constructive path", he said.

The Chamber is expected to spend millions of dollars ahead of the November elections to help candidates who back free trade, immigration and lower taxes.

The new Canadian tariffs, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, are hitting a long list of USA consumer goods, including ketchup and other Kraft Heinz products. It has already backed candidates who share those goals in Republican primaries.

After the European Union unveiled similar retaliatory tariffs, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer earlier this week lashed out calling them groundless and illegal. Canada is the United States' second-biggest trading partner in goods, just behind China.

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Later in the day in Regina, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada's tariffs were created to offer a clear message that the Trump administration's trade action against Canada is "illegal and absurd" and that Canada is responding, dollar-for-dollar, in retaliation. The two industries are at the heart of the trade dispute. Canada also filed a case against the U.S. tariff action at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Retaliation for his tariffs came swiftly.

JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: The list of US products being hit with retaliatory tariffs includes everything from musical instruments and motorboats to yogurt and bourbon, items produced in states that are closely aligned with the Trump administration. Trump slammed the company's move, saying it was tantamount to surrender, and threatened punitive taxes.

But with Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the USA and a leftist, anti-establishment Mexican president about to join the fray, there are some who believe any North American Free Trade Agreement talks may be in long-term limbo.

Global equities fell on Monday as investors anxious about an escalation of the trade disputes.

NORTHAM: Paris says Canada's economy is doing well and will sustain a hit from the trade spat with the USA, but only up to a point.

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