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A banner adorns an overpass at Arcelor Mittal Dofasco's steel plant in Hamilton Ontario

A banner adorns an overpass at Arcelor Mittal Dofasco's steel plant in Hamilton Ontario. Getty Images

Canada announced Sunday that the tariffs amount to $16.6 billion Canadian dollars or $12.5 billion in US dollars.

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Today is the first day that Canada's retaliatory tariffs against United States steel, aluminum and other products went into effect.

Canada and Mexico initially were exempted from the United States metals tariffs - as was the European Union - but Trump allowed the duties to take effect June 1 after talks stalled to revamp the 1994 trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

As President Trump continues to place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the Canadian Department of Finance is retaliating with tariffs that will reportedly effect $12.6 billion worth of USA exports.

The tariffs on American products went into full effect Sunday, July 1.

After Heinz shut down a factory in Ontario in 2014, French's - known in the US for its mustard - became an alternative ketchup-maker in Canada.

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In the interview, Trump again threatened to impose tariffs on imported vehicles, saying, "The cars are the big ones".

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced the tariffs at a steel facility in Hamilton, Ontario, where she was flanked by brawny workers in yellow hard hats.

Trudeau later spoke with Lopez Obrador on Monday, wherein they discussed their mutual trade interests and their "shared priority of updating the North American Free Trade Agreement for the betterment of their peoples", said a readout of the conversation issued Monday.

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that, particularly advantage of our farmers", she said. He urged Canadians to "make their choices accordingly" in considering whether to buy American products.

"We're going to take down all our barriers, we're going to take down all our taxes, right".

The phone call between the two leaders was the first to be publicly disclosed since Trump blasted Trudeau as "very dishonest and weak" at the end of the Group of Seven leaders meeting in Canada earlier this month.

Canada on Friday hit back at the US with retaliatory tariffs on summertime essentials, including Florida orange juice, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon, in its opening salvo in a trade war with US President Donald Trump. "Everybody said, 'Uh, can we get on to another subject?"'

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