Money: End of U.S. tariffs on Canadian, Mexican steel and aluminum close: Mnuchin - - PressFrom - Canada
  •   
  •   
  •   

MoneyEnd of U.S. tariffs on Canadian, Mexican steel and aluminum close: Mnuchin

22:55  15 may  2019
22:55  15 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

Freeland to meet Lighthizer, Grassley in Washington to push for tariff removal

Freeland to meet Lighthizer, Grassley in Washington to push for tariff removal OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland played down expectations as she prepared to meet in Washington with Trump trade czar Robert Lighthizer in a renewed push to get punitive steel and aluminum tariffs lifted. "It is never wise to predict how long any negotiation will take," Freeland told reporters in Toronto on Tuesday, ahead of her Wednesday meeting at the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington.

Mnuchin was testifying before the U . S . Senate appropriations subcommittee where he was asked why those two countries continue to face a 25-per-cent duty on steel and 10-per-cent levy on aluminum exports to the United States. Mexican official says a deal is close to lift U . S . steel tariffs as Freeland

Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on every country except Canada and Mexico about a month after receiving a letter from 25 U . S . steel and metal News of a deal to lift the tariffs comes two days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during testimony before a Senate Appropriations

End of U.S. tariffs on Canadian, Mexican steel and aluminum close: Mnuchin© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

OTTAWA — A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand.

"I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday, as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Trump trade czar Robert Lighthizer in a renewed push to get the tariffs lifted.

Mnuchin was testifying before the U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee where he was asked why those two countries continue to face a 25-per-cent duty on steel and 10-per-cent levy on aluminum exports to the United States.

Mexican official says a deal is close to lift U.S. steel tariffs as Freeland heads to D.C.

Mexican official says a deal is close to lift U.S. steel tariffs as Freeland heads to D.C. A senior Mexican cabinet secretary said today she thinks Mexico is close to a deal to lift the United States' controversial 'national security' tariffs on steel and aluminum and suggested Canada, the U.S. and Mexico might negotiate a trilateral agreement to eliminate the tariffs. "Our chief negotiator Jesus Seade has been in Washington for a number of days in the past few months," Mexican Secretary of Economy Graciela Márquez Colín said Tuesday in an interview on CBC News Networks Power & Politics. "We are, I think, close to negotiating a lifting of the tariffs.

OTTAWA — A long-awaited end to Canada ’ s tit-for-tat tariff stalemate with the United States appeared imminent Friday, with sources saying negotiators have finally convinced the Trump administration to back down on its demand for hard limits on steel and aluminum exports.

“I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada ,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had said in Congress, prior to Freeland’ s A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand.

Mnuchin said he has spoken to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and their Mexican counterpart about the tariffs, but that Lighthizer is actively leading discussions.

"My sense is that we're making progress but there's obviously more work to be done," Morneau said Wednesday.

Morneau said he raises the tariffs with Mnuchin every time they talk, including in a telephone call last week and face-to-face meetings last month in Washington at World Bank and G20 finance ministers' meetings.

"I'm regularly putting forward the point of view that these tariffs are not only not helpful to the Canadian economy — to either the producers or buyers of steel — but they're also damaging to the U.S. economy," said Morneau.

President Donald Trump imposed the tariffs during contentious continental trade talks by using a section of U.S. law that allows the president to tax imports on national security grounds. The three countries' negotiators ultimately reached a new deal that the Americans call the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

If steel and aluminum tariffs are ending soon, Chrystia Freeland isn't saying so

If steel and aluminum tariffs are ending soon, Chrystia Freeland isn't saying so Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland gave no hint today the United States is set to lift steel tariffs, even though Mexico’s top trade representative is saying a deal with their country is imminent and the U.S Treasury secretary says all three countries are “close” to finding a solution to the standoff. Speaking to reporters in Washington after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer, Freeland said that ratification of the new NAFTA and the tariffs were discussed in the meeting.

“I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada Mnuchin was testifying before the U . S . Senate appropriations subcommittee, where he was asked why those two countries continue to face a 25-per-cent duty on steel and 10-per-cent levy on aluminum exports to the United States.

“I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada ,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday, as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Trump trade czar Robert Lighthizer in a renewed push to get the tariffs lifted. Mnuchin was testifying before the U . S

Mnuchin acknowledged what business leaders in all three countries, as well as U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the political divide, have been saying: that the tariffs must be lifted for the newly negotiated North American free trade deal to be ratified by legislators.

"I can assure you that Canada and Mexico are the priority," Mnuchin said. "The president has instructed us to try to figure out a solution, and this is a very important part of passing USMCA, which is a very important economic agreement for two of our largest trading partners."

Freeland had no new developments to report as she emerged in the morning from the headquarters of the United States Trade Representative. She said she had a "good meeting" with Lighthizer.

"And we made the case, as we have been doing for some time, that the best outcome for both Canadians and Americans would be to lift those tariffs and to have free trade between our two countries," Freeland told reporters.

Canada-U.S. breakthrough on cheap foreign steel could herald end of tariffs

Canada-U.S. breakthrough on cheap foreign steel could herald end of tariffs Canada-U.S. breakthrough on cheap foreign steel could herald end of tariffs

Canada and Mexico have been pushing for the removal of Mr. Trump’ s 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs ahead of the ceremonial signing of the revised North American Free Trade Agreement this month at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Buenos Aires. While the three countries

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U . S . is close to an ``understanding'' with its two North American neighbours about finally lifting the 25-per-cent duty on steel and 10-per-cent levy on aluminum imports from their two countries. Mnuchin says lifting the tariffs is an important part of

Freeland is scheduled to go to Capitol Hill for a meeting with the influential Republican chair of the Senate finance committee, Chuck Grassley, who expressed optimism earlier this week that the tariffs might soon be lifted.

Her visit comes after Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the tariffs in a pair of telephone calls on consecutive days late last week.

Freeland, Trudeau and others in the Canadian government have derided the tariffs as absurd, illegal and insulting.

Lighthizer is also expected to meet House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday to discuss the Canada-Mexico tariffs and the broader U.S. tariff war with China.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats in the House have raised concerns about ratifying the new trade deal because of concerns over labour rights in Mexico, among other things.

Freeland discussed workers' rights in her meeting with Lighthizer, and filled him in on her talks on Tuesday in Toronto with two visiting members of the new Mexican government, which is embarking on major labour reforms in order to meet its obligations under the new trade deal.

'It's everything we've always asked for': Steel and aluminum industries welcome end of tariffs

'It's everything we've always asked for': Steel and aluminum industries welcome end of tariffs Representatives from Canada's steel and aluminum industries welcomed news on Friday that the government has struck a deal with the U.S. that will bring an end to tariffs on the two metals when they are exported to America. "It's everything we've always asked for," said Jean Simard, spokesperson for the Aluminum Association of Canada, in a phone interview. "We are very happy with what we know has been agreed to which is a total repeal of tariffs without any quotas," he said. "We think it's a great victory for Canada, for the industry and the North American industry as a whole.

By removing the metals tariffs on Canada and Mexico , Trump cleared a key roadblock to a North American trade pact his team negotiated last year. But the steel and aluminum tariffs were also designed to coerce Canada and Mexico into agreeing to a rewrite of North American free trade pact.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would impose steep tariffs on metals imported from its closest allies, provoking retaliation against American businesses and consumers and further straining diplomatic ties tested by the president’ s combative approach.

"We discussed ways Canada can support Mexico in this important effort, which is good for workers in Mexico, good for workers across North America," she said. "Canada is a real supporter of union rights and we're happy to be discussing that important issue with our Mexican colleagues.

Are you on LinkedIn? Follow Microsoft News Canada and keep up with the latest industry news, career, jobs and tech updates. Connect with us now!

"
Read more

Canadian retaliatory tariffs lifted as U.S. kills steel aluminum penalties.
OTTAWA — Canada collected more than $1.27 billion from the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products over the last year and all of it will go to the Canadian steel and aluminum industry even though the steel trade war with the United States is over. 

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!