US Commerce Chief Says Canadian Trade Threats 'inappropriate'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as written B.C premier Clark to tell her he is considering request for a ban or a tax on thermal coal exports from the U.S

Warnings from Canada it might ban US thermal coal imports in retaliation over US tariffs slapped on its lumber are "inappropriate", US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has said.

He was reacting to reports that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was "seriously" considering prohibiting United States thermal coal imports in response to a surprise U.S. move last month to impose tariffs of up to 24 percent on Canadian softwood lumber.

British Columbia is a major lumber exporter and says the duties will devastate its industry. "(Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron) Wyden has been a chief proponent for years of the baseless and unfounded claims against the Canadian softwood lumber industry". "If any Canadian or British Columbian official wishes to present additional information, we".

Clark says Trudeau shows he shares her commitment to secure a trade agreement on softwood.

The Canadian government has also said that it is considering levying tariffs on OR state lumber products after it said they found existing OR business assistance programs that may constitute an illegal subsidy.

Meanwhile, several American bed-frame manufacturers that rely on Canadian softwood lumber say the tariffs will cost thousands of American jobs unless manufacturers are exempted from the duties, CityNews Toronto reported.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is engaging in a bit of saber-rattling.

Trade relations between the United States and second-largest trading partner Canada have soured since the Commerce Department in late April imposed preliminary anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber imports.

Government sources have told The Canadian Press they are weighing two separate actions. -Canada trade relations recently.

Trump's recent digs at Canada - coupled with his embrace of "America First" trade nationalism, his full-throated support of what was a widely expected duty on lumber, and his complaints about Canadian dairy - have drawn reactions north of the border.

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