Aluminum, steel makers disappointed with imposition of hefty USA tariffs

Trump to hit EU, Canada and Mexico with steel and aluminium tariffs

Trump slaps steel tariffs on closest allies as tensions rise

The second exemption was set to expire on Friday.

Ross said that while not much progress has been made in negotiations with the European Union, the NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico is taking longer than expected.

Shares of U.S. steel manufacturers were jumping in early trading Thursday after The Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump was ready to announce tariffs on European Union, Mexican, and Canadian steel imported into the country.

The European Union has already notified the World Trade Organization of plans to levy duties on $7.2 billion worth of US exports in response, with the aim of collecting $1.6 billion in tariff revenue. "The Administration will continue to monitor steel and aluminum imports and adjust the measures in effect as necessary to protect the national security of the United States". "This is not an action against them, it's simply an action to defend our industries as President Trump said he would".

And despite the picking and choosing of which allies that the USA decides to slap with these tariffs, Ross defended the US legal justification that they are being implemented under law meant to protect USA national security. The government has also revealed plans to add 40 additional Customs and Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers to look into trade complaints, and given the department new powers to identify and combat companies that evade import duties.

It prompted threats of retaliation from the European Union on USA products before the policy was abandoned.

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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had traveled to Washington on Tuesday to discuss the issue, among other matters, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

She calls the USA measures illegal and counterproductive.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, seemingly flippantly, identified Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Kentucky bourbon and Levi's jeans in particular in a German TV interview.

Protecting the U.S. steel industry might help United States workers in the short-term, but if the USA is unable to make steel as cheaply as foreign rivals have been able to, then American manufacturers would also face higher costs.

'Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the USA can help local producers of the metals by making foreign products more expensive.

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US President Donald Trump announced in March that he would slap a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminium, citing national security interests.

Fears of a trade war between the US and its allies are buoyed by the fact that US President Donald Trump is also seeking to levy German auto makers; the tariffs would be similar to those on steel and aluminum.

"This is protectionism, pure and simple", he said.

"Without a strong economy you can't have strong national security", Ross said. The action was mainly targeted at China over accusations of flooding the global market with cut-rate metals and dragging down prices.

He said the tariffs will in the long run increase the cost of global beer production but have a disproportionate impact on American brewers and jobs.

Malmstrom is meeting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Paris on Thursday among other worldwide trade chiefs.

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