Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging the U.S. use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. Canada appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest of the world, since it cited almost 200 examples of alleged U.S. wrongdoing, almost all of them concerning other trading partners, such as China, India, Brazil and the European Union.
However, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer described the dispute as a “broad and ill-advised attack on the U.S. trade remedies system.” Lighthizer says the claims by Canada are “unfounded,” and could “lower U.S. confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade.”
The 32-page complaint focuses on technical details of the U.S. trade, including the treatment of export controls to the use of retroactive duties and split decisions by the six-member U.S. International Trade Commission.
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