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Commerce Secretary Ross Brings EU to the Negotiating Table with Tariff Threats

04 June 2018

We hope not, but that possibility can not be discounted.

The EU has opened a case at the World Trade Organization after the U.S. imposed a 25% duty on European steel and a 10% duty on European aluminium on Friday. "I can lose a lot more money in a trade war". Now, the threats of retaliatory tariffs from overseas raise the fear of higher prices for Harley motorcycles sold outside the U.S. Before the establishment of the federal income tax in 1913, tariffs were a big money raiser for the USA government. It's a matter of basic economics that we are overdue for a downturn.

Mr Gardiner, speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, said: "The president has said that he believes he could win a trade war, we think that a trade war is in nobody's interests". Tariffs are not a good thing.

According to Trudeau, Trump's tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. "In terms of the trajectory Trump is on, when you follow what he has done over the course of the previous year, everything he has threatened, he has followed through on when it comes to trade action", she said.

It's not good when close allies such as Germany and Canada use such words as "illegal" and "inconceivable" in the wake of this. Those talks, Ross said Thursday, "are taking longer than we hoped". They're typically charged as a percentage of the transaction price that a buyer pays a foreign seller.

Since Trump took office in 2017, Trudeau has attempted to work with his American counterpart to find an amicable agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement despite Trump's harsh rhetoric.

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"Everyone expressed their complete incomprehension of the American decisions and everyone said it was up to the Americans to take the next step since they were the ones who imposed the tariffs". The relatively few textile jobs that are still left in the US (yarn, denim, etc.) are here because of NAFTA, not in spite of it.

He also discussed addressing a trade imbalance with Europe in a phone conversation with French President Macron, who warned that Europe would respond in a "firm and proportionate manner".

Canada and the US are closely integrated trading partners and Thursday's moves could cripple industries, including the auto sector, where supply chains are interconnected and goods pass back and forth across the border several times before they are finished.

Canada has already promised to retaliate with trade tariffs of its own. They are not the problem, China is. The issue about tariffs being slapped on the European Union creates a problem. "All of those products are vulnerable because we export significant amounts in those markets".

The E.U. said it would impose import taxes on politically sensitive items like bourbon from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home state of Kentucky. The government may think it's making a point by doing it, but it's the USA consumer that pays the price.

Commerce Secretary Ross Brings EU to the Negotiating Table with Tariff Threats