Charles Grassley calls for the end to the Section 232 aluminium and steel tariffs targeting Mexico and Canada

An opinion column in the Wall Street Journal by US Sen. Charles Grassley calls for the end to the Section 232 aluminium and steel tariffs targeting Mexico and Canada, along with those countries retaliatory measures, must be removed before Congress will ratify the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Grassley, a member of President Trump’s republican party is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees trade-related matters, was applauded by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which cites tariffs for increased raw material costs for marine manufacturers, while stifling the industry’s exports.

According to Senator Grassley’s op-ed, “A significant roadblock [to approving USMCA] is the administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum and retaliatory Canadian and Mexican tariffs on U.S. products…If these tariffs aren’t lifted, USMCA is dead. There is no appetite in Congress to debate USMCA with these tariffs in place.”