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HRAI recently joined industry allies CIPH, PMI, HARDI and AHRI in voicing concerns about the escalation of tariffs on products traded between Canada and the United States. The new tariffs, implemented on June 1, 2018 by the United States and matched on July 1, 2018 by Canada, will negatively affect both Canadian and U.S. businesses, employees, and customers. The four industry associations expressed a united opposition to tariffs and re-iterated their longstanding support for free, harmonized trade between the two countries.

Noting that member companies often require materials that can only be sourced from trading partners in Canada or the United States, the letter emphasizes that the trading relationship developed under a rigorous rules-based trade agreement that provides the best products and services to consumers in the most efficient manner possible. The new tariffs will disrupt existing trade partnerships and increase prices by 10 to 25 percent. Price increases will impact thousands of suppliers and countless families in Canada and the United States.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.