Canada has implemented a 10 percent retaliatory duty on imports of prepared and cooked US beef in response to US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
US Meat Export Federation’s Jessica Spreitzer says Canada imported about $770 million of US beef last year and the duty on this subset of products represents a significant portion of what is being exported. “There were imports of $164-million last year of these products,” she says. “That means our impacted beef products would account for 21 percent of the import value we sent to Canada last year.”
Through April of this year Canada had imported $52 million worth of these products, a 3 percent increase from the same period in 2017.