Canada to impose tariffs on US, challenge at WTO

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"The ties of commerce, friendship, and in many cases, family, between Americans and Canadians are undiminished", he said, in announcing that Canada is slapping counter-tariffs on the United States.

A statement from Mexico's economy ministry says the USA use of a national security justification is improper and that the tariffs affect strategic sectors for North America, including automotive, aerospace and electronics. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was afraid of an "escalation that will damage everyone".

Tariffs imposed by the United States on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico went into effect on Friday.

Imposition of tariffs on European steel and aluminium imports could provoke retaliatory tariffs and inflame trans-Atlantic trade tensions.

"Without a strong economy, you can't have a strong national security", Ross said.

Washington will announce plans to slap tariffs on European Union steel and aluminium imports as early as Thursday morning, sources said, while the USA commerce secretary said any escalation of their trade dispute would depend on the bloc's reaction. Mexico has also vowed to impose retaliatory import duties on U.S. products.

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"If there is an escalation it will be because the European Union would have chose to retaliate", he said, adding that Washington did not want a trade war with the EU.

"This is a bad day for world trade", he said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had earmarked climate change, women's rights and economic growth as key issues, but there has been pushback from Washington.

Wick said MA cranberry growers export more than 30 percent of their crop, much of which goes to Europe, Mexico and Canada. Canada will also launch challenges of the US tariffs at the World Trade Organization and through a Nafta panel.

USA officials announced the tariffs are a result of their failure to win trade concessions.

Mexico's ministry of economy pledged to impose equivalent measures, and included a partial list of USA goods that would face tariffs, including pork bellies, cheese, and produce such as grapes and apples.

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Mr. Trump, in his proclamation announcing the new tariffs, said he did it to protect national security. In the case of Canada and Mexico, the US had hoped to address its national security concerns in the context of ongoing efforts to renegotiate NAFTA, but those talks have taken longer than expected and there is now no precise end date in sight, Ross said.

European Commission's president Jean-Claude Juncker said Mr Trump's action amounted to trade protectionism and Europe would respond with countermeasures. The administration said foreign production of steel and aluminum has driven down prices and hurt US producers, creating what the Commerce Department has called a national security threat.

Canada must open its markets and remove trade barriers against the US agricultural industry, US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Friday. Macron pledged the riposte would be "firm" and "proportionate" and in line with World Trade Organization rules.

The U.S. represents a major market for European Union steel producers.

"He is trying to bully his trading partners into making concessions to America".

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