If Trump starts trade war, EU will fight back with peanut butter

The latest 30-day exemption is set to expire on Friday.

Mexico said it would penalize US imports including pork bellies, apples, grapes, cheeses and flat steel.

The escalating trade tensions between the United States and many key allies will dominate the meeting in Canada of financial leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin the top target for bilateral complaints and lobbying from disgruntled allies.

"And the mom and pop shops, the smaller producers, they are affected too". But they have woken up to the possibility that carmakers that find the proposed rules too burdensome might simply ignore them and pay the non-NAFTA tariff of 2.5%.

Canada's government announced plans to impose tariffs on USA steel, aluminum and other products, effective July 1, that will stay in effect as long as the American tariffs stay in place.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he offered to go to Washington this week to complete talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement but that Vice President Mike Pence called and told him a meeting with the US president would only happen if Trudeau agreed to put a five-year sunset clause into the deal.

An official statement from the European Commission says it is determined to shield the EU steel and aluminium markets from damage caused by additional imports that might be coming into the EU as a result of the closure of the United States market.

"These deadlines, these talks that never get over the finish line, it ultimately gives investment pause", Kafato said.

France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, called the US tariffs "unjustified, unjustifiable and unsafe". And he said that while he was looking forward to continuing negotiations, the U.S.is making its decision on national security grounds - a justification Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has dismissed as absurd. "Where was I? Whenever I'm thinking about Trump, I'm lost", he said before resuming his speech and being informed near the end about the announcement.

"We've been operating in an environment of uncertainty for the last couple of months", he said.

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Despite Trudeau's claim that Canada had reached an impasse with the U.S.in NAFTA talks, the official said the USA would continue to pursue negotiations, acknowledging that a "range of issues remain". They are the two biggest suppliers of foreign vehicles to the U.S. India's JSW Steel unveiled plans to spend $500 million to modernize an existing plant in Texas and build a new one.

According to UK Steel - the body which represents steel producers across the country - 7% of steel exports go to the USA, worth £360m.

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"This is a unique period in terms of optimism", Tumazos said.

The move will also drive prices of goods and services up on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Commerce department has been in talks with the European Union - which has enjoyed a temporary waiver to the tariffs - on a trade arrangement to allow for a permanent exemption from the tariffs. That policy will continue so long as the USA tariffs remain in force. It's now tariffs for everybody, including the United States' closest military allies.

Ross said Canada's and Mexico's exemptions were hooked to the progress of the NAFTA negotiations, which "are taking longer than we had hoped". "The net effect of quotas is not dissimilar from tariffs".

"The numbers are clear: The United States has a $2 billion USA dollars surplus in steel trade with Canada - and Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, half of U.S. steel exports".

A White House official told The Hill that the Trump administration "wanted clarity on" several issues, including a sunset clause, before US officials met with Trudeau.

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