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Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai's Meeting with Canada's Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng

July 08, 2022

VANCOUVER – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai met today with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng on the margins of the second meeting of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) Free Trade Commission.
Ambassador Tai and Minister Ng began the meeting by signing a
 memorandum of understanding (MOU) to settle a dispute on trade in solar products under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The MOU promotes greater North American solar supply integration and reaffirms both countries’ commitment to prohibit imports of solar products produced in whole or in part with forced or compulsory labor.

During the meeting, Ambassador Tai and Minister Ng highlighted the importance of the U.S.– Canada economic relationship and reiterated their commitment to a full implementation of the USMCA.  They also discussed ways that the United States and Canada can continue to work together to counter non-market economy practices affecting North America and the global trading system.  

Ambassador Tai stressed the importance of Canada fully meeting its USMCA commitments, including its allocation of dairy tariff-rate quotas and home-shopping.  Additionally, Ambassador Tai expressed concern about Canada’s proposed digital service tax and pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services.   Ambassador Tai also reiterated that ensuring that American softwood lumber producers are able to compete on a level playing field against the harmful effects of unfairly subsidized and dumped imports is an important priority for the United States.  The two agreed to continue to collaborate on addressing these and other issues.

Ambassador Tai and Minister Ng agreed to stay in regular communication and directed their deputies to report to them regularly on these issues.