Trump reimposes 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum

President Donald Trump reimposed tariffs to take effect August 16 in response to what Washington called

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has implemented a tariff of 10 per cent on aluminum products imported from Canada.

Trump, giving a speech at a Whirlpool washing machine factory in Clyde, Ohio, said that earlier on Thursday "I signed a proclamation that defends American industry by reimposing aluminium tariffs on Canada".

Mr. Trump initially imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel in 2018, prompting retaliation from Canada, which imposed matching duties on a string of American products from whisky to ketchup.

He says "Canada was taking advantage of us, as usual".

Canada supplied about three-quarters of all the aluminum imported into the USA between January and May of 2020, said the executive order implementing the tariff on "non-alloyed unwrought aluminum".

The tariffs, which take effect August 16, are in response to what Washington called a "surge" in aluminum imports from Canada over the past year which "threatens to harm domestic aluminum production".

The association said that while imports from Canada of unalloyed aluminum did increase during the first half of the year, that was offset by declines in alloyed aluminum imports from Canada.

"These tariffs will raise costs for American manufacturers, are opposed by most USA aluminum producers, and will draw retaliation against US exports - just as they did before".

"These tariffs will raise costs for American manufacturers, are opposed by most US aluminum producers and will draw retaliation against USA exports".

Myron Brilliant, head of worldwide affairs for the industry group, told Reuters the move was "a step in the wrong direction" and the measures are opposed by United States aluminium manufacturers. "The aluminum business was being decimated by Canada, very unfair to our jobs and our great aluminum workers". "We urge the administration to reconsider this move", the chamber said in a statement.

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