Canada launches global trade complaint against US

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC Feb. 13 2017

"Canada is acting against its own workers' and businesses' interests", Lighthizer added.

Trade relations between the countries have experienced some stumbling points as the sides are deadlocked in unsuccessful negotiations over NAFTA, the trade pact signed by the US, Canada, and Mexico in 1994 and based on the fundamental principle of tariff-elimination across North America.

Warner believes that the Canadian government may be playing to a domestic audience in demonstrating that it is not only being "very assertive" in addressing trade disputes, but that it is also trying to "embarrass the Americans" before the world by citing nearly 180 trade breaches over two decades against other countries listed on 24 pages of Canada's 32-page complaint before the WTO. Even if Canada succeeded with their claims, other countries would primarily benefit, not Canada, Lighthizer argued.

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties - punitive tariffs to restrict imports that are unfairly priced or subsidised in order to beat the competition - are a core component of Washington's trade arsenal, and frequently used to defend USA interests. "It's nearly like Canada is fighting this on behalf of the global community ..."

The complaint ramps up tensions amid talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement.

The WTO process allows 60 days for Canada and the U.S.to reach some form of bilateral settlement. Canada cites 188 examples of USA trade remedies in its claims, but only a handful involve US trade action against Canada and another 33 countries are mentioned.

"These duties are unwarranted and without merit and we 100 per cent support the federal government's WTO filing position".




After reports Wednesday that Canada now considered it inevitable that Trump would try to withdraw the USA from the treaty, one Canadian official with knowledge of the NAFTA negotiation offered a more nuanced position in an email to the Post, saying, "it's not accurate to say we're convinced", but that there was "no question we think there's a chance it could happen". "We're about the start negotiations over NAFTA in Montreal".

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

"We know that when unbiased entities review these unfair trade practices, they have found in Canada's favour", Yurkovich said in a statement.

"In a normal situation you wouldn't expect this to impact the long-term trading relationship that we've got under NAFTA", he said.

In October, for example, the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped an 80 percent anti-dumping duty on Bombardier's delivery of 100- to 150-seat C Series planes in the United States.

The FPAC noted this trade action will bring real harm to US workers and businesses, impacting over 600,000 American jobs. According to the US Department of Commerce, Canadian newsprint paper exports to the United States totaled about 1.6 billion Dollars in 2016.

"This has been a chronic problem for us", he said.

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