'Canada's WTO complaint against U.S. could scuttle NAFTA'

'Canada's WTO complaint against U.S. could scuttle NAFTA'

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Canada's complaint is "broad and ill-advised".

"Remedies ensure that trade is fair by counteracting dumping or subsidies that are injuring USA workers, farmers, and manufacturers". We know that when unbiased entities review these unfair trade practices, they have found in Canada's favour.

It also might result in a flood of imports from other countries - if the complaint successfully have American tariffs removed - and cost Canada billions of dollars in exports to the US, Lighthizer said.

The action comes amid disputes between the two countries over areas such as dairy, aircraft sales and lumber as well as efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The alleged violations include levying artificially high countervailing duties, collecting duties retroactively, and maintaining an unfair process for determining where these duties will be imposed.

The 32-page filing not only accuses the USA of improperly imposing duties on Canadian products but also on those of other trading partners, including Brazil, China, EU and India.

The 32-page complaint challenges Washington's use of anti-dumping and countervailing duties, arguing it goes against WTO rules. Sands, who said the move may have come because Canadian trade negotiators and politicians believe the strategy of playing nice with the Trump administration has not paid dividends.

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Indeed, the Trump administration wasted no time expressing its displeasure. He explained, "Even if Canada succeeded on these groundless claims, other countries would primarily benefit, not Canada".

Canada's complaint with the WTO is a request for consultation, which formally initiates a dispute in the WTO.

He said it could be another step toward what he says is a nightmare scenario for the NAFTA talks, which is that the Americans call a halt to those negotiations and talk separately with Mexico in hopes of signing a bilateral deal before the Mexican elections later this year and us midterm Congressional elections this fall.

They fear that it could ultimately prompt United States President Donald Trump to invoke NAFTA's article 2205, notifying partners of intent to withdraw from the pact after a period of six months.

Since President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE took office almost a year ago, the United States has levied steep tariffs against Canada in several cases including softwood lumber, paper and passenger jets, creating growing anxiety among Canada's industries.

"The U.S.is trying to bully us, and we're not going to stand for it", said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

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