Canada is refreshing a list of tariffs on the U.S. as section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs remain against Canada. Politico reports the effort is part of Canada pressuring President Donald Trump to remove the tariffs he imposed last year. Removing the tariffs, though separate, were thought to be part of reaching an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has yet to remove the tariffs that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has previously said would negate any benefits on the updated trade agreement.
Canada has also stated it would not implement the agreement if the tariffs are not removed. David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, said this week the refreshed list of tariffs is not yet complete, and he expects “a significant number” of agricultural products to be on the new list. While it’s too early to name specific products, he noted some in Canada have called for including apples, pork and ethanol.