US Trade Rep Blasts Canada WTO Complaint About US Duties

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Canada launches global trade complaint against US

Canada has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) amid a dispute with the USA, a day after its newsprint became the latest product to be slapped with import duties by Washington.

"Canada's complaint is bad for Canada", said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

"Canada considers the measures relating to USA anti-dumping or countervailing duty investigations, reviews or other proceedings are inconsistent with US obligations under the WTO's Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 and the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes", the document's preamble states.

The 32-page complaint cites dozens of examples unrelated to Canada, including 122 cases where the United States imposed duties on foreign countries.

The file was made public on Wednesday and cites almost 200 complaints by Canada against the USA, many of which include Canada's trading partners such as China, India, Brazil, and the European Union.

On Wednesday the country requested that the World Trade Organization step in to review certain USA trade actions and whether they're in accordance with its obligations as a member of the WTO.

Canada and the USA are continuing to negotiate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, with the next round of talks scheduled for January 23, the Washington Examiner reported.

Canada is challenging the Trump administration's system of levying penalties on imports in a complaint at the World Trade Organization, a move likely to heat up simmering tensions between the two trading partners.

A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said this challenge is tied to Canada's latest fight with the United States over softwood lumber. The United States strongly criticized the Canadian action on Wednesday, warning it will end up backfiring against Canada because, were it to succeed, it could lead to a flood of imports from China into the United States that would displace other countries' products.

A wide-ranging trade complaint has been filed by Canada against the U.S., accusing it of breaking worldwide trade rules.

"Canada is acting against its own workers' and businesses' interests", he said. Sands, who said the move may have come because Canadian trade negotiators and politicians believe the strategy of playing nice with the Trump administration has not paid dividends. The U.S. imports about $1.6 billion a year in Canadian newsprint.

"If Canada loses Chapter 19, it would have to go to the WTO", said Warner.

On Dec. 20, 2017 Canada filed a WTO complaint against the United States concerning its trade practices that Canada says violate worldwide trade law.

If Mr. Trump triggers Article 2205, it will give Canada and Mexico six months notice of the United States' intent to withdraw from NAFTA.

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