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USTR Robert Lighthizer Statement on the Canadian WTO Challenge to Trade Remedies

January 10, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today issued the following statement in regard to the case filed by Canada with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against U.S. disciplinary practices and procedures:

“Canada’s new request for consultations at the WTO is a broad and ill-advised attack on the U.S. trade remedies system.  U.S. trade remedies ensure that trade is fair by counteracting dumping or subsidies that are injuring U.S. workers, farmers, and manufacturers.  Canada’s claims are unfounded and could only lower U.S. confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade. 

“Canada is acting against its own workers’ and businesses’ interests. Even if Canada succeeded on these groundless claims, other countries would primarily benefit, not Canada.  For example, if the U.S. removed the orders listed in Canada’s complaint, the flood of imports from China and other countries would negatively impact billions of dollars in Canadian exports to the United States, including nearly $9 billion in exports of steel and aluminum products and more than $2.5 billion in exports of wood and paper products.  Canada’s claims threaten the ability of all countries to defend their workers against unfair trade.  Canada’s complaint is bad for Canada.”