Mexico rejects steel and aluminum quotas proposed by the U.S.
The elimination of tariffs was discussed during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Mexico rejects steel and aluminum quotas proposed by the U.S.

26/03/2019
15:17
Reuters
Mexico City
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Robert Lighthizer said that the United States is working on a plan to lift tariffs from Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum but preserve the gains that U.S. domestic producers

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On Monday, Mexico said it opposes a U.S. proposal for steel and aluminum quotas and reiterated calls for the elimination of tariffs on those products under U.S. Section 232.

“The Mexican government’s position is that the application of the 232 on steel and aluminum is not justified,” Deputy Economy Minister Luz María de la Mora told reporters.

De la Mora said the United States proposed eliminating the tariffs under Section 232 in favor of quotas.

Quotas make no sense, they’re a way of managing trade ... What industry in North America needs is the elimination of this tariff and not managed trade.”

U.S. President Donald Trump set tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum last June, prompting Mexico and other trade partners to hit back. Mexico has consistently argued that the tariffs only damage commerce within North America and should be withdrawn.

On March 12, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that the United States is working on a plan to lift tariffs from Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum but preserve the gains that U.S. domestic producers have received from the duties so far.

On the other hand, Mexico reactivated its15% tariffs on imported steel today. 

A plan to lift tariffs on the metals from Canada and Mexico was once linked to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement but ultimately was excluded from the new deal.

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