Washington D.C. – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) President Rufus Yerxa today issued the following statement regarding the Administration’s decision to impose Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the European Union.
“The NFTC is increasingly concerned about the Administration’s trade policy and what these actions, when taken as a whole, mean for the future of U.S.-based companies who depend on a functioning international trading system to succeed. The United States has greatly benefited from the existing international trading system, and we remain convinced that dealing with unfair trade practices around the world requires multilateral diplomacy, not unilateral tariffs.
“Today’s announcement that the European Union, Mexico and Canada will no longer be exempt from tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum is especially problematic. Not only are these countries among our most important trade and security allies, but they represent a significant percentage of the world’s consumers who have, until now, made the U.S. an export powerhouse.
“We continue to urge the Administration to reconsider the application of these tariffs on our trading partners and to ensure that measures intended to deal with problematic trade practices around the world comply with our international obligations.”
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