The United States announced an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove the Section 232 tariffs for steel and aluminum imports from those countries and for the removal of all retaliatory tariffs imposed on American goods by those countries. The agreement provides for aggressive monitoring and a mechanism to prevent surges in imports of steel and aluminum. If surges in imports of specific steel and aluminum products occur, the United States may re-impose Section 232 tariffs on those products. Any retaliation by Canada and Mexico would then be limited to steel and aluminum products. This agreement is great news for American farmers that have been subject to retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico. At the same time, the Agreement will continue to protect America’s steel and aluminum industries.
Please click here to read a joint statement between the United States and Canada on the announcement on section 232 tariffs.
Please click here to read a joint statement between the United States and Mexico on the announcement on section 232 tariffs.
Kansas Senator and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts spoke to Kansas Ag Network’s Greg Akagi about Friday’s announcement and also some comments on the trade situation between the United States and China.
Sources: Office of U.S. Trade Representative and Senator Pat Roberts