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Canada joins EU in filing WTO case against U.S. tariffs

Staff Writer |
Canada filed a trade case at the World Trade Organization challenging U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium and announced it would work closely with the EU, which launched its own case hours earlier.

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"These unilateral tariffs, imposed under a false pretext of safeguarding U.S. national security, are inconsistent with the United States' international trade obligations and WTO rules," Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday made good on a threat to impose permanent tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminium imports from the EU, Mexico and Canada, ending temporary exemptions they had been granted.

"Canada will closely collaborate with the EU, which also filed a WTO challenge today [Friday], as well as with other like-minded countries, on opposing these tariffs," Freeland said.

Canada had earlier announced retaliatory tariffs on a range of U.S. imports, including maple syrup and ballpoint pens.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc would trigger a dispute settlement case at the WTO and also apply retaliatory tariffs.

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