Martinrea expecting a boost from new trade deal
Martinrea International Inc. says it’s only been minimally affected by tariffs and expects a boost from changes to the North America trade agreement.
Executive chairman Robert Wildeboer said in a conference call Friday that the company had seen about $2 million in terms of total costs from tariffs, but that an exemption will reduce those costs.
“Our U.S. tariffs that we have to pay on steel and aluminum, to the extent that we did have to pay, we received exemptions from the U.S. government the last month for most of them. So effectively, we’re even less impacted on that going forward.”
He said smaller industry players have, however, been more affected.
“That’s one of the things that we say in terms of urging for the industry that the tariffs no matter how you look at it politically, they’re hurting people in smaller suppliers, and things are going to pop in certain situations.”
The Toronto-based company, which has sizable operations in the U.S. as well as Canada and elsewhere, said Canadian tariffs still apply and that the whole situation is being complicated with exemption applications. Wildeboer said the solution is simply to get rid of the tariffs altogether.