I løbet af natten tweetede USA’s Præsident Donald Trump at USA indfører en 5% toldtarif på alle varer fra Mexico gældende fra 10. juni.
Donald Trump tilføjer at tariffen vil stige løbende fra de 5% indtil al ulovlig migration er stoppet.
The Wall Street Journal skriver bl.a.:
The trade action comes as the Trump administration is seeking congressional ratification of a trade pact among the U.S., Mexico and Canada, to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The three countries’ leaders signed the deal, known as the USMCA, last year.
In a statement released by the White House, Mr. Trump said he would invoke the authorities of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico starting June 10, and increase the tariff gradually, hitting 25% on Oct. 1.
Mexico is the U.S.’s third-largest trading partner, with goods imports of $346.5 billion in 2018, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
“If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the Tariffs will be removed,” Mr. Trump said. He also said that Mexican companies could avoid the tariffs by relocating to the U.S.
Det amerikanske futures marked faldt øjeblikkeligt markant på nyheden om de nye tariffer. Ifølge flere analytikere kan dette træk bringe USA i recession.