It’s not just the Chinese and Europeans.
President Trump remains in a trade fight with Canada. The problem is, no one seems to notice, so the neighbors to the north are looking for ways to make their retaliatory tariffs more effective.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland noted:
We are certainly constantly looking at ways to refresh the retaliation list … to have an even greater impact.
According to Reuters:
Canada imposed tariffs on C$16.6 billion ($12.5 billion)worth of U.S. exports in May 2018 after Washington slapped punitive measures on exports of Canadian steel and aluminum. The initial Canadian list included orange juice, maple syrup, whiskey, toilet paper and a wide variety of other products.
David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, told U.S. agricultural reporters on Monday that Canada could announce a new list of targets as soon as next week, the Progressive Reporter and Politico websites reported.
The retaliation would include a significant number of agricultural products, possibly including apples, pork, ethanol and wine, they quoted the envoy as saying.
Washington didn’t respond to the news, but it’s worth noting that Canada is the U.S.’s third largest trading partner, trailing only the EU and China. Of course, with Trump engaged in trade fights with those partners as well, maybe the administration is simply prioritizing its attention.
Or it could be that the numbers are so small that few people have reason to notice.