Canada files WTO challenge of US tariffs, to work with EU

The industrial skyline in Hamilton, Ontario, the centre of the steel industry in Canada, on May 31, 2018.
The industrial skyline in Hamilton, Ontario, the centre of the steel industry in Canada, on May 31, 2018. PHOTO: NYTIMES

OTTAWA (REUTERS) - Canada filed a challenge to the US tariffs on steel and aluminum with the World Trade Organisation on Friday and said it will request a Chapter 20 panel under the North American Free Trade Agreement on Friday (June 1) in response to the US move.

"These unilateral tariffs, imposed under a false pretext of safeguarding US national security, are inconsistent with the United States' international trade obligations and WTO rules,"Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.

"Canada will closely collaborate with the European Union, which also filed a WTO challenge today, as well as with other like-minded countries, on opposing these tariffs," she added.