Convince Americans that a trade war will cost them, says Paul Martin

Theresa May and Donald Trump

Theresa May and Donald Trump

Both the European Union and Canada have already opened legal challenges to the United States at the WTO, the Geneva-based arbitrator of global trade disputes that is loathed by President Donald Trump who on Friday imposed duties of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum against his allies.

The best yardstick is the 20 percent duty Mexico imposed on USA apples from August 2010 to October 2011, Fryhover said.

Mexico imports so much USA pork - almost one-third of what's consumed - that the government says it will waive tariffs on up to 350,000 tons of pork imported from other nations to avoid destabilizing the market.

Former prime minister Paul Martin said this week he still hopes a global trade war over new US tariffs on steel and aluminum can be avoided - but Americans themselves have to learn first that there's a price to pay for starting one.

Trudeau told the premiers he plans to vigorously defend and protect Canadian workers and industry and that he is committed to successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement because it "is in the best interests of Canadians".

However, Trump has repeatedly said he views the tariffs as being tied to progress on NAFTA talks and those negotiations have been increasingly deadlocked in recent weeks.

That last statement can be read in the context of an announcement last week that tariffs on US$50 billion in Chinese goods will be proposed on June 15.

Mexico has warned the United States about upcoming tariffs on pork chops.

Still, Lovely said it's possible that the United States can craft a separate agreement with Canada. It's more interesting that the Kochs are willing to put some money into their opposition to Trump's trade agenda-money that might otherwise go to Trump-supporting Republican candidacies and the parts of the president's agenda they like.

"This is devastating to my family and pork-producing families across the United States", said Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio.

Economists have also expressed skepticism about China's potential to purchase tens of billions of dollars of additional products from the United States, arguing that the American economy is already operating near its full potential.

Numerous products targeted are produced by exporters in states that are politically important to United States President Donald Trump.

Mexico ran up a $3.6 billion steel trade deficit with the the past two years, according to the local steel industry chamber.

But the question of tariffs - as well as the USA decision to pull out of a deal created to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions - is what most G7 members want to sort out. Trump imposed the penalties under a 1962 law that allows a president to increase or reduce tariffs on goods they regard as critical to national security.

Officials from Canada, the USA and other G7 members, including the European Union, were working behind the scenes to craft consensus on at least some of Trudeau's agenda.

Tariffs on cheese (and other products) coming in and on metals going out. "To really accomplish our goals of improving society, there are other things that we need to do". But growers will look for other export markets to make up for lost sales to Mexico.

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