Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum imports into the United States are subject to the payment of duties as of 00:01 hours on 1 June 2018.

On 31 May 2018, the Secretary of Commerce of the United States, Wilbur Ross, announced at a press conference that the exemption granted to Mexico, Canada and the European Union would end on 31 May 2018 at midnight, as initially scheduled. Therefore, steel imports will be subject to tariffs of 25% and aluminum to tariffs of 10%. It is important to bear in mind that affected exporters are entitled to follow a specific procedure to be excluded from this measure.

This measure is reflected at the US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) website.

In response to this measure, Mexico announced through a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy that it will impose retaliatory measures on goods such as flat steel, lamps, certain pork products, cold meats and food preparations, apples, grapes, cranberries, cheeses, among others, in an amount equivalent to the impact of the US measure. (link)

Canada proposed countermeasures that will take effect on 1 July 2018 and is seeking written comments on these measures by 15 June 2018. These countermeasures will impact imports of certain US origin goods, including steel and aluminum products, food products, articles of plastic and paper products. The full list of the products subject to the proposed countermeasure can be found in the following link.

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced that the European Union (EU) will file a claim with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and that the EU will soon announce counter balancing measures, most likely through the imposition of tariffs on specific US goods.

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