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9/15/2020   - CHAMBER WELCOMES WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TARIFF ON CANADIAN ALUMINUM

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming today's announcement by the U.S. government that it is withdrawing the 10% tariff it recently imposed on aluminum imports from Canada. 
 
"We and other partners across the country have been seeking the quick reversal of this self-harming tariff and we are pleased to see it has been withdrawn before doing greater economic damage, and before Canada understandably deployed countermeasures," states Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "The U.S. and Canada do not trade as other countries do. We make things together and together we compete more effectively with China and the rest of the world.  This tariff threatened to undercut this unique economic partnership and was especially unfortunate coming on the heels of the implementation of USMCA on July 1st which was such a recognition of the power of our joint economy, especially in manufacturing."
 
Adds Douglas, "This tariff was bad for U.S. competitiveness and jobs, bad for Alcoa and its employees in the North Country based upon the high degree of integration of Alcoa operations here and in Quebec, and an added cost to our region's all important cross border supply chains, without which we would not have the dynamic and growing manufacturing community we enjoy here. We were pleased to work closely with many partners in conveying to Washington why this tariff should be quickly reversed, including Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and our Quebec friends, and we thank all for helping to achieve this faster than most thought was possible given the upcoming election. Onward and upward!"

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