Canada hits $13 billion of US goods with new tariffs

Canada hits $13 billion of US goods with new tariffs

Canada hits $13 billion of US goods with new tariffs

The Canadian government confirmed Sunday that it has imposed tariffs on US exports worth 16.6 billion Canadian dollars ($12.5 billion).

In his Canada Day message, Trudeau paid tribute to the working-class Canadians who will be impacted by Canada-U.S. tariffs.

United States exports of steel and other metal products now face a 25-percent tax, while other products-such as milk, ketchup, beef, and yogurt-will be taxed at 10 percent.

After Heinz shut down a factory in Ontario in 2014, French's - known in the US for its mustard - became an alternative ketchup-maker in Canada.

Canada has retaliated against USA steel and aluminum tariffs by slapping its own penalties on American exports.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was in Hamilton on Friday, re-affirming the governments promise to take action against the US.

Retaliation for his tariffs came swiftly.

The submission said that, while there is no economic threat to the United States automobile industry which is healthy, imposing restrictive measures would in fact undermine the current positive trends of the United States automobile sector.

The list of more than 250 USA goods subject to Canadian duties - including Florida juice, Wisconsin toilet paper and North Carolina gherkins - aim to pressure Trump supporters in key states in November's U.S. midterm elections.

Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday that he could quickly sign an agreement with the United States' neighbours, "but I'm not happy with it".

The Canadian tariffs are expected to hit industries in numerous swing states that are crucial for Republicans in the midterm elections, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

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"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.

"Canadians and- I'm telling you- Americans alike, don't want to see tariff escalation", he said.

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On Friday Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone, reiterating that Canada has had "no choice" but to take countermeasures against the U.S. tariffs.

"The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a way forward", it added.

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