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Scott joins governors in push to reverse Canadian aluminum tariff

Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 11:25 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2020 at 3:59 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The governors of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire are calling for President Donald Trump to reverse a 10 percent tariff on non-alloyed unwrought aluminum from Canada.

In a letter sent to the president Tuesday, the governors highlighted the longstanding bilateral trade relationship between New England and Canada. About half of all trade for businesses from the three states is conducted with Canada.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says the tariff will drastically raise costs and reduce competitiveness, eventually passing the cost to consumers. “They’re our largest trading partner. It has an effect on everything we do in terms of trade with them. They’re a producer of aluminum we rely on the trade, and this is detrimental to Vermont,” Scott said.

President Trump has said the tariffs are aimed at protecting the U.S. aluminum industry and to spur domestic aluminum production.

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