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加拿大欢迎美国决定降低铝关税

2020-9-16 11:36

 

渥太华。新华网9月15日电加拿大对美国决定对加拿大铝进口降低关税表示欢迎。


周二下午在渥太华举行的新闻发布会上,加拿大副总理兼财政部长克里斯蒂亚·弗里兰(Chrystia Freeland)对这一决定表示欢迎。“这确实是常识占上风的一天。”


弗里兰强调,美国的决定不是与加拿大谈判达成的协议,美国政府是“单方面”采取行动的,加拿大不接受强加配额的做法。


"如果重新征收关税,加拿大将以完全对等的美元对美元关税进行报复," Freeland称。


与此同时,加拿大小企业、出口促进和国际贸易部长Mary Ng在新闻发布会上表示,加拿大没有做出任何让步来换取美国的决定。“这是加拿大团队的做法的一个证明,因为我们都在不懈努力,以确保这些对加拿大铝不合理的关税被取消。”


美国贸易代表罗伯特·莱特希泽(Robert Lighthizer)周二下午宣布,美国已经降低了对加拿大铝10%的关税。


"月平均进口量预计将较1 - 7月的月平均进口量下降50%,"他说。“基于这些预期,美国将恢复对非合金未锻造铝的免税待遇,直至2020年9月1日。”


他补充说:“如果在这四个月期间,任何一个月的实际出货量超过预期的105%,那么美国将对该月的所有出货量追溯征收10%的关税。”


美国周二下午宣布了这一声明,之后加拿大将对美国进口产品采取报复性措施。


周二中午,加拿大总理贾斯汀·特鲁多(Justin Trudeau)表示,加拿大政府将于周二晚些时候公布针对美国关税的报复性措施。


“我们将采取行动反击美国对加拿大铝征收的不公平关税。正如我多次说过的,我们将永远在那里保护加拿大工人,保护我们的铝行业,”特鲁多在一份声明中说。


上个月,美国总统唐纳德·特朗普在俄亥俄州的一次竞选演讲中以国家安全问题为由宣布,他将对加拿大的铝征收10%的关税。


对此,特鲁多政府迅速做出回应,称加拿大“打算迅速实施美元对美元的反制措施”。

 

OTTAWA. Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Canada welcomed the U.S. decision to drop tariff on Canadian aluminum imports on Tuesday.

At a press conference in Ottawa Tuesday afternoon, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed the decision. "This is really a day when common sense has prevailed."

Freeland stressed that the U.S. decision was not a negotiated agreement with Canada and the U.S. government acted "unilaterally" and Canada does not accept the imposition of quotas.

"Should tariffs be reimposed, Canada will retaliate with perfectly reciprocal dollar-for-dollar tariffs," Freeland said.

Meanwhile, Canadian Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng said at the press conference that Canada did not concede anything in exchange for the U.S. decision. "It is a testament to the Team Canada approach, as we all worked relentlessly to ensure these unjustified tariffs on Canadian aluminum were removed."

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced Tuesday afternoon that the United States has dropped its 10-percent tariff on Canadian aluminum.

"Average monthly imports are expected to decline 50 percent from the monthly average in the period of January through July," he said. "Based on these expectations, the United States will resume duty-free treatment of non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum retrospective to Sept. 1, 2020."

"If actual shipments exceeded 105 percent of the expected volume for any month during the four-month period, then the United States will impose the 10 percent tariff retroactively on all shipments made in that month," he added.

The U.S. statement was announced Tuesday afternoon before Canada was set to unveil retaliatory measures on U.S. imports.

On Tuesday noon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that his government will unveil its retaliatory measures against the U.S. tariff later on Tuesday.

"We will be taking action to counter the unjust tariffs put on Canadian aluminum by the United States. As I've said many times we will always be there to defend Canadian workers, defend our aluminum sector," Trudeau said in a statement.

Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would impose a 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum during a campaign speech in Ohio, citing national security concerns.

In response, the Trudeau government responded quickly by saying that Canada "intends to swiftly impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures."

 

来自: xinhua