U.S. sets May 1 tariff threat on Canada, Mexico amid rush to get quick NAFTA

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WASHINGTON — The United States has just applied some deadline pressure, amid its hurry to get a new NAFTA agreement over the next few weeks.

The threat of steel and aluminum tariffs is back on.

While Canada and Mexico originally received an indefinite exemption from the tariffs, a new presidential order adds numerous countries to the exemption list, along with a May 1 expiry date for all exemptions.

After that, tariffs could go into effect for all countries, including Canada and Mexico.

That also happens to be around the deadline date for a new NAFTA in 2018: Beyond May, any agreement would likely not have enough time to pass a ratification vote before there’s a new Mexican president and new U.S. Congress in 2019.

The White House is linking the issues: Donald Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNN this week that unless the U.S. gets a better deal on NAFTA, something will happen with tariffs.

Amid concerns that cheap Chinese steel will enter the U.S. from exempted countries, Navarro says those countries must agree to quotas on exports into the U.S.

The Canadian Press

40 COMMENTS

  1. Really Ali do you really think he cares about anyone but himself?? they made a big bad mistake with this womeneyer and it will all come out soome,I hope that not to many people get hurt in the process.

  2. Huh! It’s my assumption that any NAFTA agreement that the Orange Anus wants will only be marginally better than the Tariffs in the first place. 🤔

  3. The “Bully-in-chief” strikes again! These tactics and threats (from a world “leader” – and I use that term in the loosest sense possible) make me one proud and slightly stubborn Canadian. WE CANNOT BE BULLIED!

  4. Perhaps Canada should stick tariffs on imported fruits from Florida etc. The backlash from american fruit growers would be interesting to see.

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