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Trudeau considering more action to keep foreign dumped steel out of Canada

Trudeau considering more action to keep foreign dumped steel out of Canada

Trudeau said tariffs on Canada would have made it harder to get a deal, and said he raised that with the president.

Trump also emphasized the importance of quickly concluding ongoing negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)"to ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries and to protect the economic and national security of the United States", the White House said in a statement.

"This has been a true Team Canada effort", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland noted this week.
He was to also visit three Canadian steel cities this week to reassure workers.

The Trump administration plans to slap tariffs of 25 per cent on steel shipped into the United States and 10 per cent on aluminum imports, but has exempted Canada and Mexico - at least temporarily.

The U.S. government has been dropping hints that the decision to excuse Canada and Mexico from tariffs on steel and aluminum might only be temporary, and somehow dependent on the result of trade negotiations.

Asked whether he trusted the president, Trudeau said Trump has always kept his word to him and has been consistent in doing what he said he would do.

"(We're) highlighting that the imposition of tariffs on Canada would end up hurting the USA nearly as much as it would hurt Canada".

Brazil has said it will seek exemption from the newly imposed tariffs.

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Steel makers in Canada are pressing the federal government to make sure Canada doesn't become a dumping ground for offshore steel originally destined for the USA market.

Trudeau said Canada already has "significant barriers" in place to prevent low-priced steel and aluminum from being dumped there, and is prepared to work with Washington to "do even more".

'Canadian aluminum is in your fighter jets.

"On the national security side, we have always been incredibly integrated".

"Ahead of actually applying border measures on offshore steel, there is a need for the Trudeau government to state its clear policy in dealing with steel diversion", Mr. Herman wrote in a memo to clients Monday.

Later, at a roundtable with industry leaders, he spoke again of the importance of steel to Hamilton, saying he was there to listen. So that whole issue of national security is off the table.

Trudeau is now on a tour of Canadian steel towns to show his support to workers in the industry.

But the US government also wants to make sure cheap steel being dumped into North America by Brazil, South Korea, China and other countries doesn't enter the United States through a Canadian back door.