Marcha 23, 2018

USA eases way to more tariff exemptions under pressure By

12 Marcha 2018, 04:55 | Dolorita Barahona

Canada, Mexico, others may be exempted from US tariffs

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hinted at'carve-outs for Mexico and Canada on Wednesday and said exemptions will be considered on a'country by country basis

"It is extremely regrettable". China is the world's largest producer of "met coal", but it consumes it all and buys more from overseas, including from the U.S. Australia is also a major exporter of metallurgical coal. Brussels has reminded Trump that tit-for-tat trade measures deepened the Great Depression in the 1930s and in the 2000s cost thousands of United States jobs when Washington imposed tariffs on European steel.

European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said there was no "immediate clarity on the exact U.S. procedure for exemption" following a trilateral meeting on Saturday with her American counterpart and Japan's trade minister.

Investment could decline further in the long term, as the collapse of NAFTA would hurt Canada's ability to attract investment based on secured access to the US market, further affecting long-term economic growth, the analysis adds.

"If they drop their horrific barriers & tariffs on USA products going in, we will likewise drop ours". The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on US national security.

Trump had indicated he would be flexible toward "real friends", and during the signing confirmed Canada and Mexico would be exempted permanently if the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is successful.

"This move will harm the global steel industry, and seriously hurt consumers' interests", said the statement. It's really an assault on our country.

Though the USW and most blue-collar unions endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, many of their members supported Trump because he said he would bring back blue-collar jobs.

The president was surrounded by steel and aluminum workers as he explained his decision at a White House ceremony.

He says politicians have for years lamented decline in the industries, but nobody has taken action.

President Trump on Thursday made good on a promise to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. "I just want fairness".

Zypries told Deutschlandfunk radio that so far no tariffs had been imposed and it was too early to talk about a looming trade war. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump's rollback of regulations.

He called the December visit to North Korea by United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman "a move in a positive direction, which has led us to where we are today".

Plans for the tariffs, set to start in 15 days, have stirred opposition from business leaders and prominent members of Trump's own Republican Party, who fear the duties could spark retaliation from other countries and hurt the USA economy.

"Many of the countries that treat us the worst on trade and the military are our allies", Trump said.

China's metals industry issued the country's most explicit threat yet in the row, urging on Friday for the government to retaliate by targeting US coal - a sector that is central to Trump's political base and his election pledge to restore American industries and blue-collar jobs.

Trump's position on protectionism has divided his Republican Party and led his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, to announce his resignation this week. European steel producers are concerned about a loss of market access, but also that steel from elsewhere will flood in.

Kosei Shindo, chairman of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation, echoed the view, saying that the measures may create "a negative chain reaction by other countries taking similar actions under similar pretenses".

The US commerce secretary said the European Union will not follow through on their tariff threats, because doing so would violate the WTO rules.

"The actions we've taken today are not a matter of choice, they're a matter of necessity", Trump said during a press conference on Thursday March 8.

Brussels is also looking to "safeguard" measures to protect its industry - restricting the bloc's imports of steel and aluminium to stop foreign supplies flooding the European market, which is allowed under World Trade Organisation rules.

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