Stefanik Statement on Reinstatement of Tariffs on Imports of Aluminum from Canada

August 7, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the Trump Administration’s decision to reinstate the 10% tariffs on imports of non-alloyed aluminum from Canada:

“I oppose the Administration’s decision to reinstate the 10% tariffs on imports of non-alloyed aluminum from Canada,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The United States and Canada have a strong economic partnership and trading relationship. This decision will slow the rate of our economic recovery from COVID-19, particularly for the manufacturers along the Northern Border in the North Country. Instead, our focus must be on working with our allies to address China’s overcapacity and the subsidized aluminum they continue to dump on the world market. I urge the Administration to swiftly reverse this action so we can focus on restoring our economy while holding unfriendly nations – like China – accountable.”

"This is an unfortunate act of self harm by the U.S., as past tariffs against Canada have been," said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "The U.S. and Canada make things together and this directly increases costs to many of our manufacturers with cross border supply chains that include aluminum goods. Just weeks ago, on July 1st, we implemented the new USMCA agreement as a celebration of the enormous importance of the U.S.-Canada economic partnership, and now we are already forgetting the special nature of that partnership. Hopefully, this will be short term in nature and will be reconsidered and reversed quickly."

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