March 12, 2019 / 6:24 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. working on steel, aluminum tariff relief for Mexico, Canada -trade chief

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - The United States is working on a plan that lifts steel and aluminum tariffs off Mexican and Canadian products while preserving the gains of those tariffs overall, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Tuesday.

“What I’m trying to do is a have a practical solution to a real problem ... get rid of tariffs on these two, let them maintain their historic access to the U.S. market which I think will allow us to still maintain the benefit of the steel and aluminum program,” he told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee at a hearing about the World Trade Organization. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Alexandra Alper; editing by Grant McCool)

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