Allies jostle for exemption from Trump's new tariffs

Mexican workers disguised as President Donald Trump protest against his economic policies in late February in Mexico City

Allies jostle for exemption from Trump's new tariffs

Steel tariffs imposed in 2002 by President George W. Bush caused the loss of 200,000 jobs in those industries, according to one study - more workers than were employed in the entire steel industry.

"This might cost the American people a penny a six-pack" thanks to higher aluminum prices, Speers said. "We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military".

The White House says President Donald Trump will sign orders to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on Thursday afternoon.

In 2017, Switzerland exported to the United States aluminium products worth CHF30 million ($32 million) and steel products worth CHF57 million.

Newly enacted USA tariffs on aluminum and steel imports have sparked a sharp reaction from around the globe, with several nations warning of an all-out trade war.

"I think everybody else really doesn't want a trade war with the US, and they don't want a sharp decline in worldwide trade", he said, predicting that the countries affected will make efforts to de-escalate the trade disputes.

This opens the floodgates for challenges, both domestically and internationally, as the legitimacy of the USA position depends heavily on whether the US national security claim is plausible, Levy argues.

"Then it gets a little scarier because then we don't have a framework for maintaining fair and open trade", he said.

"The proposal so far would be a global tariff on steel and aluminum", he said.

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The American Iron and Steel Institute reported today that steel import permit applications for the month of February totalled 2,428,000 net tonnes (NT). As such, the company has been following this issue carefully - and making our voice heard through direct appeals to elected officials - since the U.S. Commerce Department began investigating potential steel and aluminum tariffs past year.

The spokesperson also said the WTO has fielded some informal concerns from countries about Trump's tariffs, but no formal complaint. The president hinted at the tariff incentive in a tweet earlier this week, without elaborating on how the trade-off would work. The tariffs would "seriously impact the normal order of global trade", the Ministry of Commerce said. Therefore, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch voiced that the ultimate takers of the punishment will be both the American firm and individual, who purchases the steel and aluminum products.

However, Texas Public Policy Foundation senior economist Vance Ginn believes tariffs are the wrong policy for Trump to pursue.

Trump also pledged to impose "reciprocal tax" on countries like China and India if they do not match America's tariff.

Those briefed on the plans say the exclusion for Canada and Mexico could be ended, if talks stall to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"Trade wars are bad and easy to lose", EU President Donald Tusk warned, rejecting Trump 's assertion they were "good and easy to win". "We want our workers to be protected and we want, frankly, our companies to be protected. It meant in practice that in the USA they lost thousands and thousands of jobs", Katainen said.

As a result of the current steel and aluminum tariffs, local agriculture could see economic woes.

"We're going to hold off the tariff on those two countries (Canada and Mexico) to see whether we can make the deal on NAFTA".

Trump's top economic advisor Gary Cohn, who opposes tariffs, resigned and the move has led to warnings that the tariffs could trigger a trade war with the European Union, China and other countries unless they are also exempted. Morneau stressed that these duties are not beneficial neither for the country nor for national security.

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