G7 finance ministers speak out against USA trade tariffs

G7 finance ministers speak out against USA trade tariffs

G7 finance ministers speak out against USA trade tariffs

Canada, the largest supplier of steel to the United States, said it will impose tariffs covering C$16.6 billion (US$12.8 billion) on USA imports, including whiskey, orange juice, steel, aluminum and other products.

"The problem is that by taking that kind of unilateral action the U.S.is undermining the principle of multilateralism in worldwide trade, so it becomes more hard to deal with other concerns - like trade and market access practices in China", Dombrovskis said in an interview.

Then again, at May-end, Washington announced a 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of goods from China and imposed new limits on Chinese investments in the United States (read: Trump, Tariff & Geopolitics Lead May: 10 Top ETF Stories).

Ottawa immediately hit back with proportional Can$16.6 billion ($12.8 billion US) in tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum as well as consumer goods.

He says NAFTA has been "a very lousy deal" for the USA and says, "they're our allies but they take advantage of us economically".

Allies including Canada and the European Union are threatening retaliatory tariffs.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox previously said in a statement that the United Kingdom would support any European Union appeal to the WTO.

Behind the closed doors Mnuchin listened but spoke little, saying instead the discussion could continue at next week's G7 summit in the French-speaking province of Quebec at which Trump is expected to participate, according to several sources briefed on the talks.


Trump has vowed to press ahead with tariffs on as much as $50 billion in imports from China. "If Americans got all their clothing, all their food, all their goods and services for free, they still couldn't compete with other countries because the economy has been so financialized that American labor has been priced out of world markets".

Trump maintains that the United States has been unfairly treated in trade with its neighboring and oversees partners.

"The EU and United Kingdom should be permanently exempted from tariffs and we will continue to work together to protect and safeguard our workers and industries", Mrs May said. "They report a really high surplus on trade with us", he wrote. "But we see no sign of that in the US action today", he said, describing the tariffs as "a turning point in the Canada-US relationship".

He said: "There could potentially be thousands of job losses".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "These tariffs are totally unacceptable", and that Canada would pursue retaliatory penalties.

It also fears steel exported to the United States from other countries could be redirected to Europe on account of the tariffs.

A leading American trade lawyer said the window for serious NAFTA negotiations has simply closed for the year because it has been overtaken by the political calendar.

Nevertheless, "Trump's contempt for worldwide rules can deal a significant blow to business confidence, especially in trade-oriented nations", Schmieding said.

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