Tread lightly with tariffs, says CCA

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says it backs Ottawa’s stance in standing up to “illegal U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

But the farm group says it continues to remind federal officials “that the Canadian beef sector is highly dependent on trade with the U.S.”

The retaliatory Canadian tariffs include items such as beef jerky and prepared meals, but not fresh and frozen unprocessed beef and products such as beef sausages and corned beef.

Last year, the U.S. exported $170 million of beef jerky and $42 million of prepared meals to Canada. The two-way cattle and beef trade so far not affected by tariffs is approximately $4 billion.

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