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While the tariffs were originally announced on March 1, Trump allowed the trio of top trading partners to exempt from the rule while negotiations regarding NAFTA were ongoing. Barring an 11th-hour reprieve, those exemptions will expire as scheduled.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that no reprisals over the measure will have an impact on the American economy.

Wilbur Ross, the USA commerce secretary, said insufficient progress had been made in talks with the EU, Canada and Mexico, since the U.S. had agreed a temporary reprieve from the tariffs for the three close United States allies after they were unveiled by Trump two months ago.

According to Trudeau, Trump's tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The Trump administration's decision to impose punishing new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum could have dire consequences for Canada's defence sector and drive up the price of new military equipment, federal ministers said Thursday.

The EU's trade chief, Cecilia Malmstrom, said that the USA decision to impose tariffs "is further weakening the Trans-Atlantic relations".

European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the 28-nation bloc "will announce in the next coming hours counter-balancing measures" in response to the United States action.

Thursday's action was driven by the president's conviction that allies and adversaries routinely take advantage of the United States and that efforts to resolve trade disputes are doomed unless he wields a big tariff stick.

"On a long-term basis, if you're raising the price of probably the biggest raw material input in a vehicle, you're going to make any production of vehicles in Canada and the USA less competitive against foreign manufacturers and it might suddenly make Asian imports more attractive to consumers".

Macron also proposed to start negotiations between the USA, the EU, China and Japan to reshape the World Trade Organization to better regulate trade.

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Faced with thin margins, automakers will have to make a hard choice: Pass along the 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent rate on aluminum and risk getting stuck with inventory, or absorb the increases and reduce profits, said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association.

Effective July 1, Canada will impose tariffs of 25 percent on shipments of US steel and 10 percent on aluminum, as well as on other products, such as playing cards, inflatable boats and yogurt.

The problem with the U.S., as with the European Union, is that they are both about 10 times larger than the United Kingdom, and we need them more than they need us.

The administration is taking the action under a relatively obscure USA trade law meant to protect national security.

Just a week ago, US businesses may have thought they could breathe a sigh of relief, as the USA and China hit pause on an impending trade war.

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said President Trump's tariffs were "totally unacceptable". "Indeed, we account for half of USA steel exports".

He also discussed addressing a trade imbalance with Europe in a phone conversation with French President Macron, who warned that Europe would respond in a "firm and proportionate manner". A trade war will not be good for either the US or the global economy, and in the case with shooting wars it's the common foot soldier who will pay the heaviest price.

Fears of a global trade war are already weighing on investor confidence and could hinder the global economic upturn.

"The U.K. and other European Union countries are close allies of the USA and should be permanently and fully exempted", the British spokesman said.

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