Canada requests NAFTA review of USA tariffs on Canadian solar panel products

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The Liberal government considers the latest trade challenge a part of its broader defence of the international-rules based trading order - something U.S. President Donald Trump is regularly accused of undermining with his "America First" protectionist policies. Canada is fighting trade battles with the US on numerous fronts and getting ready for new attacks in the future. Seade said in an interview last month that he sees a deal as possible before the USA congressional election, and that the incoming president's team fundamentally agrees with the nation's current negotiating positions, reports Bloomberg.

The minister is scheduled to meet with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on July 26. An agreement depends on USA willingness to back off proposals that are opposed by Mexico, Canada and American business groups, such as an automatic expiration of the deal after five years and the end of dispute resolution panels, according to the people.

The government of Canada has requested a review of the decision of the USA administration to raise tariffs on imports of solar panels from the point of view of the terms of the North American free trade agreement (NAFTA), stating that 30% fee is illegal and unjust.

"We're talking to Mexico on NAFTA, and I think we're going to have something worked out".

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"It would not be my preference but would be far more profitable for the United States and its taxpayers", Trump added. This doesn't herald the beginning of a split into separate bilateral deals, but an effort by the Americans to take a different tack in negotiations.

"The new president, terrific person", Trump said in a speech at the White House about American manufacturing. The United States refused to grant this during talks this spring and this greatly contributed to stalling talks, the official said.

President Trump has chilled Mexico with demands that it pay for a border wall and his comments that it does nothing to slow illegal immigration. According to the report, as a result of the administration's tariffs, $11 million in New Hampshire exports to Canada are targeted for retaliation, and close to $1 million in exports to Mexico are targeted for retaliation. Shortly after Mr. Trump's inauguration, the Americans presented the Canadians with what the official described as a back-of-the-napkin agreement that Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and presidential adviser, had purportedly reached with Mexico's Mr. Videgaray.

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The regional organization insists that U.S. protectionist policies go against the standards set by the World Trade Organization. Germany is particularly anxious about auto tariffs, a sector that employs 800,000 people.

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