On its birthday Canada begins imposing tariffs on $12.6 billion of U.S. goodsStaff Writer | July 2, 2018
Canada on Sunday began imposing tariffs on $12.6 billion worth of American goods like ketchup, pizza and iron in a tit-for-tat retaliation for President Donald Trump’s slapping fines on steel and aluminum imported into the United States.
Trade war Canada slapped 25% tariffs on steel and iron
In retaliation, Canada slapped 25% tariffs on steel and iron, while hitting 250 other U.S. goods including maple syrup, dishwasher detergent, coffee beans and strawberry jam with a 10 percent penalty, the Associated Press reported.
The Trump administration said Canada was a national security threat because of the imports even though the country is the U.S.’s second-biggest trading partner behind China.
Speaking on Canada Day, marking the country’s 151st birthday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mixed tariff talk with birthday wishes .
“This is who we are, we’re there for each other in times of difficulty, in times of opportunity. We lean on each other and we stand strong and that’s what we do from coast to coast to coast,” Trudeau said during a visit to Leamington, Ontario, known as Canada’s tomato capital.
The town is home to a food-processing plant that supplies tomato paste to French’s, a unit of McCormick & Co., and a competitor of Kraft Heinz.
Mexico and the EU have already imposed a number of tariffs on American goods, including on Kentucky bourbon, Wisconsin-made Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Florida orange juice. ■