Monday, May 20, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. – On Friday, the Trump administration announced an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from those countries. The agreement also includes the removal of all retaliatory tariffs imposed on American goods by those countries.

“The steel and aluminum tariffs were a sticking point in getting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “With this issue resolved, it is time for Congress to ratify the USMCA.”

All sides also agreed to prevent the importation of aluminum and steel that is unfairly subsidized, sold at dumped prices or transshipped through Canada or Mexico into the United States. Should this occur, tariffs may be reimposed, but retaliatory tariffs may only be placed against aluminum and steel products.

“The new USMCA agreement will benefit North Dakota farmers, ranchers and agribusiness,” Goehring said. “It expands access for dairy, addresses some issues for grain grading, and enhances rules for sanitary and phytosanitary measures.”