Freeland says U.S. decision to drop aluminum tariffs was "not a negotiated deal" | FULL
CA, 16 Sep 2020
Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday addressed the Trump administration’s decision to stand down 10 per cent tariffs on Canadian aluminum, saying it was a welcome decision, but stressing that “there are no guarantees” in Canada’s trading relationship with the current U.S. administration.
The tariffs on Canadian aluminum will be lifted retroactive to Sept. 1 because Canadian exports are expected to “normalize” over the remainder of the year, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) said in a statement.
Freeland said the decision by the U.S. was “not a negotiated deal,” and should they choose to re-impose tariffs, Canada will respond accordingly.
Average monthly imports from Canada are expected to decline by 50 per cent from the levels they reached in the first six months of the year, the USTR said.
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