Canada says it will impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports

A member of the A/V team straightens Canadian flags in front of rolls of coated steel at Stelco in Hamilton before a visit by Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke, Friday, June 29, 2018. Canada announced billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. on Friday in a tit for tat response to the Trump administration's duties on Canadian steel and aluminum. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Canada’s deputy prime minister said Friday that 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.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said 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 U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new pact took effect July 1 and was expected to bring stability to North American trade

The new tariff spat comes after the U.S. in 2018 imposed a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum. Canada responded with tariffs on hundreds of U.S. products such as ketchup, coffee, strawberry jam and whisky before the two countries dropped their efforts and agreed to the new North American free trade deal.

Trump said Thursday that he was re-implementing tariffs because there was a surge in aluminum exports from Canada to the U.S. in recent months, but industry organizations dispute that claim. Aluminum imports from Canada rose sharply from February to March but have since leveled off and dropped 2.6% from May to June, according to the Aluminum Association trade group.