Tariffs on steel and aluminum between the U.S., Canada
and Mexico was removed on Friday, 17 May 2019.
Less than a year ago the U.S. imposed a 25% tariff on steel
and a 10% tariff on aluminum coming from Canada and Mexico.
The Trump administration relied on a rarely-used
weapon in the US trade war arsenal — Section 232 of the
Trade Expansion Act of 1962 — which lets the president
impose tariffs on imports if the Commerce Department deems
them a threat to national security.
The tariffs were imposed as a means to get Canada and
Mexico to agree to measures that would prevent dumping and
the importation of aluminum and steel from China that is
In return Mexico and Canada imposed retaliatory tariffs on
US metals, pork legs, apples, grapes, cheese and bourbon
whisky, among other products.
The announcement on Friday that all tariffs will be removed
will enable companies from the three countries to sell
products across the border without having to worry about
In the meantime, the U.S. Canada and Mexico will work to
prevent cheap/subsidized imports of steel and aluminum from
China entering the North American market.