Canada filed a
Lighthizer called the complaint “…a broad and ill-advised attack on the US trade remedies system.” He added that Canada’s claims are unfounded and “…could only lower US confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade.”
|U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
The complaint contains multiple examples of alleged violations of WTO rules in dealings with other trade partners such as China and the European Union.
“For example, if the US removed the orders listed in Canada’s complaint, the flood of imports from China and other countries would negatively impact billions of dollars in Canadian exports to the United States, including nearly $9 billion in exports of steel and aluminum products and more than $2.5 billion in exports of wood and paper products. Canada’s claims threaten the ability of all countries to defend their workers against unfair trade. Canada’s complaint is bad for Canada.”
A Request for Consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO while giving Canada and the US an opportunity to discuss and resolve the matter. But Canada may request adjudication by a panel if no resolution is reached after 60 days.