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United States, Aug 6 (Canadian-Media): An executive order was announced Aug 6 by United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump in a campaign speech at a Whirlpool factory in Ohio imposing a tariff of 10 percent on aluminum imported from Canada, media reports said.
Canadian primary aluminium industry. Image credit: Twitter handle
About three-quarters of all the aluminum imported into the U.S. between January and May of 2020 were supplied by Canada, said the executive order implementing the tariff on "non-alloyed unwrought aluminum."
Import tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum had been imposed by the U.S. in 2018 citing national security concerns, but the same was removed last year as part of a broad free trade deal now in force.
Trump told the crowd he signed a proclamation to reimpose the tariff on imports of Canadian aluminum, saying it was absolutely necessary in order to defend the U.S. aluminum industry.
“Canadian exports of aluminum pose absolutely no national security threat to the United States,” Mark Agnew, senior director of international trade, said in a news release. “Canadian aluminum forms a critical part of the U.S. defence industrial base and consequently plays a vital role in our shared defence and security objectives.
The reimposed aluminum tariffs were considered as unjustified by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for its part, warned Trump’s decision would raise costs for American manufacturers.
“The administration’s move to reimpose tariffs on aluminum from Canada is a step in the wrong direction,” Myron Brilliant, head of international affairs for business lobby group U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"These tariffs will raise costs for American manufacturers, are opposed by most U.S. aluminum producers and will draw retaliation against U.S. exports," CBC News reported.
The tariff was decried by Bruce Heyman, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada on Twitter.
“This is a hostile act to Canada that clearly smacks of political intentions (versus) economic reality,” Heyman tweeted.