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A look at the numbers behind Ottawa’s tariff reprisal against Trump


Ottawa – The sweeping Canadian retaliation against Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs has been carefully crafted in hopes of hitting the U.S. president where it hurts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s counter-tariffs will take effect Sunday – a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.

Canada’s response is set to include imposing tariffs on selected consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors – from hair lacquers, to ballpoint pens, to maple syrup.

Ottawa released its finalized lineup Friday of items that will be hit by Canadian tariffs.
Here’s a rundown of some of the states and products in the crosshairs of the retaliatory measures using Canadian government numbers. The figures are based on 2017 data from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Some of the states set to be hit hardest by Canada’s tariffs, based on how much of the targeted consumer products they shipped north in 2017:
Ohio – $1.15 billion
New York – $1.12 billion
Wisconsin – $820 million
Illinois – $780 million
Pennsylvania – $646 million
Washington – $629 million
California – $529 million
Tennessee – $453 million
Michigan – $432 million

Value of 2017 imports from U.S. for some of the products targeted by Canada’s preliminary tariffs:
Herbicides – $1.13 billion
Motorboats, rowboats, canoes and other pleasure boats – $646 million
Coffee, roasted – $525 million
Mayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments – $522 million
Fungicides – $418 million
Ketchup and other tomato sauces – $264 million
Organic facewash – $229 million
Soups and broths – $204 million
Whiskey – $62 million
Maple sugar and maple syrup – $17 million
Ballpoint pens – $3.5 million

By Andy Blatchford and Mike Blanchfield


Rehana Begg

Rehana Begg

Rehana Begg is the editor of Machinery and Equipment MRO magazine and REM – Resource Engineering and Maintenance magazine.
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