Bakers Commend Removal of Steel, Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

Washington, D.C.– On Friday, May 17, the Trump Administration announced its intention to lift longstanding tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico

“ABA is relieved to hear of the Administration’s decision to remove the 232 tariffs on Canada and Mexico,” said ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie. “Bakers, like all manufacturers, are highly sensitive to price increases for the steel used in our equipment.”

The announcement comes as American businesses have struggled to cope with higher input costs due to trade tensions with the nation’s largest trade partners. Additionally, the tariffs on Canadian and Mexican materials have often been referred to as a major barrier, even among conservatives, for passage of the proposed NAFTA successor, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“With this decision, American businesses are an important step closer to passage of USMCA,” said MacKie. “We are relieved to see renewed commitment to the free trade principles that have allowed our industry to flourish for decades and look forward to progress in other areas of the Administration’s trade agenda.”

American Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1,000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, cookies, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $153 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 799,500 highly skilled people