Canadian Chamber welcomes lifting of unjustified tariffs

(OTTAWA) – September 15, 2020 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Director of International Trade, Mark Agnew, issued the following statement today following Canada’s response to the imposition and subsequent removal of US tariffs on Canadian aluminum exports.

“Tariffs were the wrong instrument when they were first imposed in 2018, and they remained the wrong instrument until today. Our members will welcome the announcement today that the United States government is lifting tariffs for the time being on Canadian exports.

It cannot be overstated that Canadian aluminum exports posed no national security threat to the United States, and that any action under Section 232 has always been unjustified and illegal.

However, the United States has not unconditionally lifted its tariffs on Canadian aluminum and continues to seek to restrict market-driven trade flows. We call on the United States to fully and without precondition remove the threat that tariffs could be re-imposed in the future.

This will provide critical certainty for Canadian and American businesses during this period of great economic uncertainty. At a time when our economies are struggling with the economic fallout of COVID-19, these tariffs only exacerbated disruptions to North American supply chains.”

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.

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