Mexico to file WTO complaint over U.S. tariffs: ministry
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jun 06, 2018,
Jun 06, 2018, 12:58
The order stipulates charges of 15 percent to 25 percent on US farm goods including pork, cheese, apples and potatoes, bourbon whiskey and cranberries.
President Xi Jinping's government has started to quantify its commitment to import more USA products as trade talks between the two nations progress, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations aren't public.
The news comes a day after the brothers said they will launch a multimillion-dollar campaign to oppose President Donald Trump's tariffs, and to champion free trade.
Unmentioned in the document is the detrimental impact that multinational free trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - now under re-negotiation by the Trump administration - and KORUS have on American jobs, workers, and wages.
The tariff increases are created to hit areas that are politically favourable to Trump, such as pork production, Mexican experts said.
Mexico said on Monday it will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over United States tariffs on its steel and aluminum.
Trudeau also faced calls Monday to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on US steel and aluminum, but he rebuffed them.
China has warned it would cancel any promises over trade with the USA if the Trump administration moves ahead with planned tariffs.
Trump has frequently called out allies for being unfair on trade, arguing that they have high tariffs that block out American goods and lead to trade imbalances.
"The way it was handled by the United States stunned everybody", Martin said.
Mexico announced its response to Trump's move last week but it did not provide details of tariff levels or a full list of products at the time. The influx of imports swelled America's trade deficit with Mexico, which came to $69 billion a year ago.
But the question of tariffs - as well as the US decision to pull out of a deal created to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions - is what most G7 members want to sort out.
The figure offered last weekend follows earlier statements by senior Trump administration officials, who said after a meeting with the Chinese in mid-May that Beijing had proposed a package of purchases and economic reforms that would essentially allow $200 billion worth of American goods to enter China over the next few years.
Canada has also strongly objected to the metals tariffs. The European Union also attends.
"The toll on rural America from escalating trade disputes with critically important trade partners is mounting", said Jim Heimerl, the council's president and a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio.
Trump, meanwhile, broadened his trade tirades on Twitter into agriculture, writing: "Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products". "To really accomplish our goals of improving society, there are other things that we need to do".
Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said that Mexico would now "surely" look to import more pork from Europe.
Canada has already granted some access to its dairy markets in its other big free trade deals with the European Union and the re-booted Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11-country Pacific Rim pact that does not include the U.S.