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Canada challenges U.S. tariff system

Canada challenges U.S. tariff system”

Though Canada certainly has plenty of domestic interest in pushing against the trade policies of its southern neighbor, its filing is about more than its own trade disputes.

Ottawa's ramped-up efforts come amid an increasingly fragile trade relationship between the two countries.

Canada appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest of the world, since it cited nearly 200 examples of alleged USA wrongdoing, nearly all of them concerning other trading partners, such as China, India, Brazil and the European Union. He explained, "Even if Canada succeeded on these groundless claims, other countries would primarily benefit, not Canada".

The 32-page filing not only accuses the US of improperly imposing duties on Canadian products but also on those of other trading partners, including Brazil, China, EU and India.

The WTO process allows 60 days for Canada and the U.S.to reach some form of bilateral settlement.

Indeed, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer called the move an "ill-advised attack", adding that "Canada's claims are unfounded and could only lower U.S. confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade". "It's nearly like Canada is fighting this on behalf of the worldwide community ..."

The announcement of the case comes ahead of the January 23 start of the next round of trade talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Montreal. The Canadian government is preparing for the possibility that Trump will withdraw from NAFTA, senior officials say, though they aren't entirely convinced that he will.

She says Canada will bring some new, "creative" ideas to the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations later this month in Montreal, in response to some of the "more unconventional" US proposals.

Canada's complaint with the WTO is a request for consultation, which formally initiates a dispute in the WTO.

The confusion over Canadian expectations comes ahead of the next round of negotiations, scheduled to be held in Montreal Jan. 23-28.

But it also goes well beyond Canada-U.S. softwood lumber spats, citing alleged worldwide trade breaches by the U.S. against a host of imported products, from Argentine lemon juice to frozen shrimp from India.

Indeed, the Trump administration wasted no time expressing its displeasure.

"For decades, the Canadian lumber industry has been subject to unfair and unwarranted duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and has filed appeals under the NAFTA and WTO agreements", Yurkovich said in a statement.

Anticipating an imminent US retreat from NAFTA, the Canadian government has chose to go on the offensive in managing its trade relations with our Southern neighbor.

"This has been a chronic problem for us", he said.



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