The US can't have its WTO and disregard it too

13 January, 2018, 03:39 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • 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

Kevin Dietsch/SIPA/NewscomAmerica's trading relationship with its northern neighbor continues to deteriorate as the US and Canada butt heads over the Trump administration's protectionism. "Canada's complaint is bad for Canada". The US, which has threatened to scrap trade deals between the two, has called the move "ill-advised".

The complaint covers actions taken against not just Canada but countries all around the world, from Japan to South Africa.

Canada claims the U.S.is guilty of breaking three basic WTO rules: the anti-dumping agreement, another on subsidies and a third on understanding the settlement of disputes mechanism.

Filing the complaint is referred to as a request for consultations.

The filing also complained about US treatment of export controls as well as the imposition of retroactive tariffs.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the legal action was in response to "unfair and unwarranted" United States duties against Canada's softwood lumber producers, and is part of a "broader litigation" to defend its forestry jobs.

The action comes amid disputes between the two countries over areas such as dairy, aircraft sales and lumber as well as efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. But he questioned the strategic logic of antagonizing the Trump administration in the midst of NAFTA talks.

Canada has filed a comprehensive complaint with the World Trade Organization accusing the United States of breaking worldwide trade rules.




"Canada's new request for consultations at the WTO is a broad and ill-advised attack on the USA trade remedies system", Lighthizer said in a Wednesday statement.

"Canada is acting against its own workers' and businesses' interests", he said.

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

Indeed, the Trump administration wasted no time expressing its displeasure.

Canada's $65-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product and is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and 1 million indirect jobs across the country.

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

Since President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE took office almost a year ago, the United States has levied steep tariffs against Canada in several cases including softwood lumber, paper and passenger jets, creating growing anxiety among Canada's industries.

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