Trudeau says he's been telling U.S. President Donald Trump for over a year that there is no national security threat from Canadian steel or aluminum.
"We are too. So we're glad to do it".
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be in Washington for three days this week - meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and key members of Congress.
"We are alert to that, we are working with partners in industry, with our American partners, to ensure that does not happen", Trudeau said of so-called transshipment.More news: Amitabh Bachchan falls ill, calls team of doctors to Jodhpur
Trudeau made the comments in an early-morning appearance Tuesday on Hamilton television station CHCH before visits to steel mills in the Ontario city.
The president's decision last week exempted Canada and Mexico "at least at this time", and called on the North American Free Trade Agreement partners to "take action to prevent transshipment" of aluminum and steel.
Trudeau is also brushing off the idea that Canada might be bullied into a deal. But relative to bigger industries such as agriculture and auto manufacturing, the steel sector only employs 22,000 direct jobs and represented 2 percent of exports past year.
Canada, the top supplier of steel and aluminium to the United States market, has been temporarily exempted from the tariffs, along with Mexico. He will follow that up by speaking to steel industry leaders at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel during a round table discussion.
He said the government needs to monitor steel imports more closely so that if shipment volumes are rising, it can react quickly to stop Canada from becoming a dumping ground into the USA market.More news: Why to Keeping Eye on Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ), Walmart Inc. (WMT)?
His cross-country tour, with stops in Quebec, Sault Ste.
Mr. Trudeau said that the consequences of putting tariffs on steel and aluminum in Canada "would mean pain for workers here in Canada but also job losses and difficulties for workers and their families in the United States", he said. Marie and Regina this week.
The federal government is examining new measures to stop China and other countries from dumping cheap steel and aluminum in Canada as a way to skirt recent hefty US tariffs. While the penalties take effect later this month, Trump has encouraged countries to try negotiating exemptions for themselves.
"Canada's steel and aluminum industries provide thousands of Canadians with good, middle class jobs and play an important role in our economy", Trudeau said in a statement.More news: Essential Phone Gets Android Oreo After All