U.S. close to resolving tariffs row with Canada, Mexico: Mnuchin

Written by on May 15, 2019

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

May 15, 2019

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is close to resolving a dispute over steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday as high-level American and Canadian officials prepared to meet to discuss trade issues.

“I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,” on resolving the tariffs, Mnuchin said at a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing. He not provide any details about the potential agreement.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was scheduled to meet with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington later on Wednesday to discuss the metals tariffs and other issues related to the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement.

That trade deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the U.S. Congress has yet to ratify it.

Lighthizer is expected to propose a process for removing the steel and aluminum tariffs, CNBC reported separately, citing an unnamed senior official.

U.S. lawmakers have insisted those tariffs must be lifted on Canada and Mexico before a vote on USMCA can proceed. Lighthizer is also due to meet with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi later on Wednesday to discuss plans for lawmakers to vote on the agreement.

(Reporting by David Lawder and Susan Heavey; Editing by Tom Brown and Paul Simao)

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