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Canada hits back at US with tariffs on metals, bourbon, orange juice

AFP

Canada hit back at the United States on Friday with retaliatory tariffs on American summertime essentials such as Florida orange juice, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump, reports AFP from Ottowa.

As temperatures and tensions increase, the measures targeting Can$16.6 billion (US$12.6 billion) in US steel, aluminum and consumer goods will take effect on Sunday, when Canadians celebrate a national holiday and just days before Americans

celebrate Independence Day amid a heatwave expected in both countries.

The tit-for-tat duties are a response to the punishing US steel and aluminum tariffs imposed at the start of June. Ottawa also unveiled Can$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) in aid for the two sectors and their 33,500 workers.

“Canada has no choice but to retaliate with a measured reciprocal dollar-for-dollar response,” said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, making the announcement at a steel facility in Hamilton, Ontario where she was flanked by brawny workers in yellow hardhats.

“We will not escalate and we will not back down,” she added while noting that this trade action was the strongest Ottawa has taken since World War II. But she said the move was made with “regret” and “very much in sorrow, not in anger” against a close ally.

The list of more than 250 US goods subject to Canadian duties—including Florida juice, Wisconsin toilet paper or North Carolina gherkins, which are labor intensive to produce—aim to pressure Trump supporters key states in November’s US midterm elections.

They penaltiese will add 25 percent to the cost of US steel, and 10 percent to aluminum and consumer goods.

Canada and Mexico initially were exempted from the US metals tariffs—as was the European Union—but Trump allowed the duties to take effect June 1 after talks stalled to revamp the 1994 trilateral NAFTA.

 

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