U.S. misunderstands NAFTA, North American business body says


After repeated campaign promises to "get tough on trade", President Donald Trump just moved to slap a roughly 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada, reviving a long-smoldering trade dispute between the USA and its second-largest trading partner.

On Tuesday, Trudeau and Trump spoke on the phone about the lumber disagreement as well as complaints over dairy trade.

The dispute became news across the state when Grassland Dairy notified almost 60 farms in Wisconsin it would no longer buy their milk starting May 1st because of new trade policies by the Canadian government.

"People don't realize Canada's been very rough on the United States", Trump said. "It was a very amicable call", a statement said.

Freeland said she had had long conversations with Ross on Sunday and Monday about lumber.

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Trump's aggressive comments echoed a tweet he sent earlier in the day, just hours after the Commerce Department announced it was imposing tariffs of up to 24 percent on Canadian softwood lumber, which it says is improperly subsidized.

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President Donald Trump accused Ottawa of being "very rough" on the USA and slapped tariffs on imported Canadian lumber on Tuesday.

Gov. Scott Walker, who on Tuesday also weighed in on the global trade tension at the root of the crisis, announced that the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority will temporarily loosen the rules on a revolving capital loan program for dairy farmers and milk processors.

USA lumber representatives disputed that the duties would have a material impact on home prices. In four previous softwood lumber disputes at NAFTA and the WTO, Ottawa successfully argued that the use of public land did not give Canadian producers an unfair advantage over their American counterparts.

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He says a lot of minds finally changed in the US on meat labelling, in part, because Canada produced a list of potential retaliation. On the issue of softwood lumber, the Prime Minister refuted the baseless alligations by the US Department of Commerce and the decision to impose unfair duties.

And this is not the only sign of increased trade tension between the United States and Canada.

"So, in that sense, it shows that NAFTA has not worked as well as it should", Ross said.

In the past, US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama also imposed temporary tariffs on Canadian lumber.

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