Canada officially slapped tariffs on more than $12 billion worth of US goods — here's what's getting hit

Matt Cardy/ Getty ImagesUS President Donald Trump (L) and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Canada officially imposed tariffs on more than $US12 billion worth of US goods on Sunday.
  • The move came in response to President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium.
  • From steel to whiskey to motorboats, the US products subject to Canada’s tariffs are wide-ranging.

Canada’s latest blow in the ongoing trade fight with the US went into effect Sunday, as tariffs on roughly $US12.6 billion worth of US exports to Canada became official.

The tariffs were in response to President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium entering the US, first announced on May 31.

According to Canada’s Department of Finance, the latest tariffs will affect goods equal in value to Canadian metal exports affected by the US tariffs.

The Canadian tariffs will hit a wide range of US products, from industrial metals to body wash. The steel goods will be subject to a 25% tariff, while the aluminium and miscellaneous goods will be subject to a 10% tariff.

In addition to imposing the tariffs, Canada is also providing funds to domestic steel and aluminium manufacturers to support their business.

Here’s a rundown of notable items on the final list:

  • Steel products including rolled steel, bars, rods, wire, and pipes
  • Aluminium products including nails, tube containers, tanks, and cans
  • Yogurt
  • Coffee
  • Premade meals with beef or chicken
  • Maple syrup
  • Licorice candy toffee, some chocolates, and other candy
  • Pizza
  • Cucumbers and pickles
  • Strawberry jam
  • Orange juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and other condiments
  • Soup
  • Water
  • Whiskeys
  • Manicure products, hair spray, shaving balms, body wash, and various toiletries
  • Air freshener, dishwasher detergent
  • Candles
  • Herbicide, insecticide, fungicide
  • Tableware and kitchenware
  • Some types of plywood
  • Paper products including paper, paperboard, toilet paper, tissues, tablecloths, and postcards
  • Kitchen equipment including stoves, refrigerator-freezers, and dishwashers
  • Lawn mowers
  • Boats including sailboats, motorboats, and inflatable boats
  • Wood chairs
  • Mattresses
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, bedding
  • Playing cards
  • Ballpoint and felt-tipped pens

The full list, with corresponding Harmonized System codes, is available at the Department of Finance’s website.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, said that while Canada did not want a trade war with the US, it would protect its interests.

“We will not escalate, and we will not back down,” Freeland said.

Canada’s move mirrors similar decisions by the European Union and Mexico to hit the US with retaliatory tariffs.

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