UPDATED: Canada Will Impose Tariffs On U.S.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the U.S. decision to slap hefty tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports at midnight tonight is totally unacceptable.

In response Ottawa is imposing tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum and other products up to a value 16.6 billion dollars.  

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the dollar-for-dollar countermeasures will go into effect July 1.

Laurie Tannous, Special Advisor to the Cross Border Institute at the University of Windsor says U.S. border agents will have little time to get familiar with the new rules.

"I would definitely say it's going to mean some delays and confusion at the outset and because there are a number of different industries, if you look at the list and different tables there are a number of industries that will be affected by the countervailing duties,"  says Tannous.

She says shipments currently in transit should not be affected, adding "typically the tariff would not take effect for those goods that are in transit. Only from the date that the tariffs take place after that, so anything that's on its way right now should not have that new tariff applied to it."

Tannous believes this is a negotiating tactic from the Trump administration to force a resolution to the NAFTA talks.

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