Organizations in the manufacturing and agriculture industries, including the Midwest Food Products Association, have called on the US Department of Commerce and Office of US Trade to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and remove all retaliatory tariffs on trade among those involved.
In a letter, addressed to Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the organizations
“For many farmers, ranchers and manufacturers, the damage from the reciprocal trade actions in the steel dispute far outweighs any benefit that may accrue to them from the USMCA. The continued application of metal tariffs means ongoing economic hardship for US companies that depend on imported steel and aluminum, but that are not exempted from these tariffs.
Producers of agricultural and manufactured products that are highly dependent on the Canadian and Mexican markets are also suffering serious financial losses.”
The U.S. imposed a 25% tariff on steel last June, along with a 10% tariff on aluminum imports, including imports from Canada and Mexico. Both countries retaliated.