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News   January 28, 2019   by Adam Malik

MEMA joins call to end tariffs


The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association is part of a group of 45 organizations across different business sectors calling for an end to steel and aluminum tariffs from Canada and Mexico that were imposed by the U.S. last year.

The group sent a letter Jan. 23 to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer emphasizing the importance of eliminating the tariffs as the ratification of the new United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) approaches and replaces the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“For many farmers, ranchers and manufacturers, the damage from the reciprocal trade actions in the steel dispute far outweighs any benefit that may accrue to them from the USMCA. The continued application of metal tariffs means ongoing economic hardship for U.S. companies that depend on imported steel and aluminum, but that are not exempted from these tariffs. Producers of agricultural and manufactured products that are highly dependent on the Canadian and Mexican markets are also suffering serious financial losses,” the group wrote in the letter. “We urge you to take all necessary steps to resolve this matter so that zero-tariff North American trade can resume, and we can turn our attention to working with you to gain prompt Congressional approval of the USMCA.”

The letter is one part of a multipronged effort on the part of MEMA to push for the end of steel and aluminum tariffs.