Trump Delays Steel and Aluminium Tariffs

Trump delays decision on steel and aluminium tariffs

Interested in Donald Trump? Just hours before, Trump had chose to grant Canada, Mexico and the European Union an additional 30 days to work out deals to avoid the penalties - a move that John Ferriola, the CEO of Nucor Corp., earlier labeled "disappointing".

Trump originally announced his intention to impose the tariffs - 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum - at the beginning of March.

But it granted temporary exemptions to allies such as Canada, Mexicoand the European Union, which had been due to expire on Tuesday morning.

The bloc has threatened to retaliate to any tariffs by placing duty on iconic American items such as Harley-Davidson motorbikes, jeans and bourbon whiskey.

On top of that, Trump in March asked Mnuchin to "address concerns about investment in the United States directed or facilitated by China in industries or technologies deemed important to the United States".

Trump has sent envoys to China to discuss the tariffs imposed by both the countries on each other.

Bown said that to control the amount of a metal exported to the USA and abide by the quota, a country typically gives licenses to some businesses to sell to the US.

The Aluminum Association of Canada said the industry needs assurances from the US over tariffs as quickly as possible to protect supply chains that have grown increasingly connected over past half century.

"If the U.S. delegation comes to China believing Beijing's resolve to open wider to the outside world is a matter of expediency under pressure from Washington, it will likely mean a lot of time is wasted setting the record straight". "Overcapacity in the steel and aluminum sectors does not originate in the EU".

Lester alluded to perhaps the most famous example of the use of VERs: the US's agreement with Japan to limit imports of cars in the 1980s, an effort to protect struggling USA automakers from more efficient Japanese producers. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the United States understands that the tariffs could cause job losses on both sides of the border.

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Extensions for Canada and Mexico had been expected, as Mexico City, Ottawa and Washington work on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"The US decision prolongs market uncertainty, which is already affecting business decisions", the Commission said.

In a separate trade battle with China, the United States has threatened to impose tariffs on $150 billion of Chinese goods in retaliation for what it argues are Beijing's unfair trade practices and its requirement that USA companies turn over technology in exchange for access to its market.

Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, the EPP group spokesperson on worldwide trade, cautioned, "The US is giving us a little break but the sword of Damocles is still present in trade relations with the EU".

The 's three largest economies agree on the need to be "ready to react" to trade tariffs imposed by the United States, France's presidency said Sunday.

Over the weekend, Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke by telephone, and Merkel later issued a statement saying that Europe was "resolved to defend its interests"-this was a signal that they wouldn't be pushed around by Trump".

Germany and France are among the main European Union countries to support the permanent exemption.

China was not included in the exemptions and it later retaliated with its own duties on some U.S. imports.

Beijing imposed a 25% duty increase on frozen USA pork and aluminum scrap, and 15% on sparkling wine, steel pipe used by oil and gas companies, and fruits and nuts including apples, walnuts and grapes.

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