Canada drops mustard from retaliatory tariff list while ketchup remains a target
Source CBC News
Canada may have declared war on American-made ketchup, but has given its sidekick, mustard, a reprieve.
Mustard made the proposed list of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, but the federal government dropped it just before the tariffs took effect July 1, cutting Canadian mustard seed farmers a break.
Several industry groups petitioned Ottawa
to get certain items taken off its hit list. And while boats,
dishwashers and ketchup imported from the U.S. still face a 10 per cent
tariff, the cries of Canada's mustard lobby were apparently heard. (The
government wouldn't comment on the specifics of its decision.)
The industry feared the mustard tariff could have driven
down prices for mustard seed exports to its biggest customer, the U.S. —
or, even worse, that the United States would retaliate with tariffs on
Canadian mustard seed.