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AG SEC'Y PERDUE CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF STEEL TARIFFS TO PASS USMCA
Agri-Pulse reports:

USMCA is so far more of a field goal than a touchdown since the Trump administration has not yet lifted its Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on two North American trading partners, Perdue said Tuesday.

"We will consider it a touchdown or a success when we're able to remove the 232 tariffs," Perdue told reporters.

Canada and Mexico were first exempted from the tariffs last summer when negotiations on the trade pact were going smoothly, but that ended when talks hit a stalemate. Mexico and Canada both hit back with retaliatory tariffs and the Mexican import taxes continue to hit U.S. agriculture particularly hard on cheese, pork, apple and potato sales.

Perdue said the tariffs achieved their goal of getting Mexico and Canada to the negotiating table and need to go. "Once you're able to achieve your goals with tariffs, then it's probably time to look at other ways," Perdue said.


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