A joint statement from US and Canada governments said tariffs – which are in place for a year – will be removed within two days. Both sides agree on monitoring and enforcement mechanisms to prevent dumping of steel that may affect prices.
The announcement came a day after the Trump administration announced that it would leave a decision on the imposition of new tariffs on foreign vehicles, in part because it said it was working to negotiate new trade agreements in Japan and in the European Union.
Trump did not appear to have quickly terminated that standoff, and officials said that Chinese conversations stopped rotating both sides from the recession. US firms are expected to travel to Beijing in the near future to continue the talks, but Chinese officials are skeptical of the possibility that the journey will take place at any time soon.
Trump is expected to meet Chinese Chinese President Jinping in June at a G20 summit in Japan, and the expected US-China trade tackle that has been resolved before is thin, according to the official.
Trump, which tracks closely the stock market, is not preparing to back off his hardline stance in China. But the trade pair moves at the end of this week that the administration proposes to prevent further firing of an uncertain international trade.
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"We have a great relationship with Canada, the prime minister," Trump said in Friday's statements. Without giving details of the agreement, he said the breakthrough was "a wonderful deal in our country."
Trudeau, traveling on an iron mill in Ontario, said the resolution was the result of "many talks with the President last week and the understanding that these tariffs hurt the workers and buyers on both sides of the border. "
Removal of steel and aluminum tariffs in Canada and Mexico limits a major barrier to enabling Trump's replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, although the the final passage of this agreement remains uncertain in the concern of the US Democrats' voice regarding the provisions of the labor and environment contained in the deal.
Tariffs, imposed last year on national security, have become a source of horror on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers from both parties calling on Trump to lift them.
And while lifting the tariffs will eliminate a barrier to passing the North American trade deal, the package still faces questions from Democrats who say it's not enough to worry in labor or environmental concerns. The deal is needed to get enough support from the Democrats, who oversee the House of Representatives, to get the passage.
Expected that the move will avert the retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico are considering the Trump pressure on the issue. Canada has approved levies on US pork and dairy products, losing US farmers relying on that market for their livelihoods.
The transfer of the White House comes after the Truly by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaches Trump by phone three times less than a week. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington to test the details.