Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Canada PM Trudeau rejects Trump's proposal to scrap NAFTA

Canada PM Trudeau rejects Trump's proposal to scrap NAFTA

Along with the impact on pork, the trade retaliation also affects $387 million in USA cheese sent to Mexico, the report said. The EU is struggling to grow as are Canada and Mexico - what are us exporters really missing out on when compared to the best USA economy in generations?

The U.S. floated the idea Tuesday of separate trade talks with Mexico and Canada rather than a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the three countries as signatories.

In addition to the agricultural products and bourbon, Mexico imposed tariffs on a variety of United States steel products exports.

Trudeau is seen as the best bet to build a bridge between Trump and the rest of the G7 because his government has been able to forge deep links with the USA administration and across the various levels of American politics and business, the official said.

Other products affected by the new tariffs include apples and potatoes. Those items would be hit with a 10 percent duty.

The European Union plans to follow through on its threat to slap new tariffs on USA goods.

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Although Trump says the tariffs are necessary to protect USA industry, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliatory measures.

Earlier this week, China renewed its promise to impose import duties on an additional $50 billion worth of USA goods, including more agricultural products, if the US pushes forward with potential tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Retaliation from Mexico, the largest export market for USA pork, followed Canada's imposition of $122.8 billion in retaliatory levies on a variety of US goods last week.

California exported $35 million worth of rice to the European Union in 2016. Canada has also strongly objected to the metals tariffs. Processing-tomato exports to Canada were valued at $295.6 million in 2016.

America's closest trading partners are in danger of becoming former close trading partners at a time when the American economy is booming and trade revenues are set to skyrocket.

When Trudeau won power, the bedrock of his foreign policy was to return Canada to its traditional multilateral leanings _ support for institutions created after the Second World War such as the United Nations, NATO, the G7 and the global trading order. We want to make sure we have alternative suppliers available when the imports from one misbehaving country suddenly get pricier.

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The EU was the No. 1 export destination for the state's farm products in 2016, followed by Canada, China/Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico. "This is a unsafe course and should be abandoned immediately", Corker said in the statement.

In April, Trudeau praised the United States, Canada and Mexico for handling the NAFTA in a significant manner.

"It's either going to help us or hurt us in the long term, but right now it's too early to say which direction it's going to go", Rolph said.

The other G7 members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom - are likely to bash Trump's recent tariffs and trade restrictions.

"A 20% tariff eliminates our ability to compete effectively in Mexico", said Jim Heimerl, the trade group's president and a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pressed about a Washington Post report that said the White House was considering additional economic penalties against Canada, told reporters that Ottawa was unaware of any such move.

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