Trump says Wilbur Ross, EU to discuss tariffs, trade barriers

Calvin Saunders
March 13, 2018

Malmstroem said she got "no immediate clarity on the exact USA procedure".

Fox said that there were two exemptions to the USA tariffs, one which applies to countries with a strong national security relationship with the U.S., and a second which will evaluate the impact of the tariffs on individual products if there are no United States domestic alternatives and there are national security considerations. Based on the fact that there are few parts necessary for the upkeep of a vehicle that do not contain significant amounts of steel and aluminum, this action will have a significant negative impact throughout the supply chain, including many medium and small businesses and their employees that comprise the auto care industry.

The president announced last week that the United States would impose heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, with some countries potentially exempted.

Trump exempted Canada and Mexico from the tariffs he signed last week.

The US President Donald Trump announced that he is ready to lift customs duties on imports of steel and aluminum for European Union countries if they take similar measures to the US side.

In revealing those measures, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker taunted Trump, saying the EU could match "stupid with stupid".

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"On our end we are going to vigorously defend supply management", Couillard said, adding Quebec's farmers have already given up market share for other recently negotiated trade deals. "We have given them more money", he said.

Europeans however expressed fears over the costs of escalation, taking the lead from export powerhouse Germany which has urged caution after being singled out by the mercurial Trump.

Top U.S. and European Union trade officials met Saturday in Brussels, but failed to iron out their differences.

The Commission said it expected to be in contact with Washington over the metals tariffs this week, but that no formal talks had been scheduled.

"We are clear it is right to seek to defend our domestic industry from the direct and indirect impacts of these United States tariffs protecting both jobs and industrial capacity", he concluded. She said: "The best option would be [for the EU] to be excluded".

Asked what he would do if Trump changed course and slapped duties on Canada, Trudeau said, "we'll see when we get to that point".

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