Commercial Taxes: Trump accuses Canadians of duplicity

Finance

After “national security,” Donald Trump found another justification for Canadian customs taxes: shoes. The US president on Tuesday accused Canadians of going to the United States to buy shoes before reselling them in their country.

In a speech, President Trump retraced his new trade policy with his Canadian neighbor, and his willingness to put in place a separate trade agreement with Ottawa to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

To defend his economic protectionism and the customs duties imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, he then quoted “a story read two days ago in a major newspaper”.

“People who live in Canada come to the United States and smuggle to Canada, because the taxes are so high, taxes to bring things into Canada are so important that they have to smuggle” he assured.

“They buy shoes and wear them. They dirty them so that they look worn out, “he added, presumably to underline the duplicity of Canadians, accused of trying to deceive customs officers at the crossing of the border.

“We are very badly treated,” he concluded.

Canadians benefit from certain duty and tax exemptions when they return to their country.

As part of the NAFTA renegotiations, Washington wants Ottawa to significantly increase the amount of these duty and tax exemptions to push Canadian consumers to spend more in the United States.

Such a measure would certainly have an impact on the sales of Canadian merchants.

According to official Canadian statistics, nearly 4.9 million Canadians traveled temporarily to the United States between January and March 2018.

“We are very badly treated,” he concluded.

Canadians benefit from certain duty and tax exemptions when they return to their country.

As part of the NAFTA renegotiations, Washington wants Ottawa to significantly increase the amount of these duty and tax exemptions to push Canadian consumers to spend more in the United States.

Such a measure would certainly have an impact on the sales of Canadian merchants.

According to official Canadian statistics, nearly 4.9 million Canadians traveled temporarily to the United States between January and March 2018.

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