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