Trump assails Canadian tariffs, accuses people of smuggling U.S. goods home

Andrew Cummings
June 20, 2018

"We can no longer be the stupid country; we want to be the smart country", he said to rousing applause. "The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high, that they have to smuggle them in".

President Trump railed against Canada on Tuesday, again accusing our northern neighbor of unfair trading practices - and a story in The Post that said Canadians come to the U.S. to buy shoes and then smuggle them back into their country to avoid stiff tariffs.

Trump said Tuesday progress was being made in slow-moving talks to update the NAFTA deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico, but he held out the prospect of striking bilateral pacts if a three-way deal could not be reached. 'They scuff them up. They make them sound old or look old.

Donald Trump is ramping up his criticism of Canada by claiming we're a nation of shoe smugglers.

The duties and taxes Canadians pay at the border on imported goods are actually collected on behalf the government of Canada after US businesses have made their cash.


Trump recently escalated his feud with Canada, blasting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the recent Group of Seven meeting in Quebec, calling him "very dishonest & weak".

"Canada is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer, and Mexico is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer", he said.

According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, Canadians who visit the USA for at least 24 hours qualify for an exemption on taxes and duties up to $200.

Freeland told the committee the "absurd and insulting" USA metal tariffs will be met with a firm response on July 1.

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She confirmed that the United States is still insisting a new NAFTA deal have a five-year expiry clause.

Also, goods made in other countries but bought in the U.S. have tariffs assessed based on their home country rather than the USA rate.

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Ms. Freeland told the Commons worldwide trade committee on Tuesday that Canada is still revising the list of possible retaliatory targets based on feedback from businesses.

The US applies an average tariff rate of 11.86%.


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