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THE TENNESSEAN: Tennessee manufacturers urge Trump to rescind steel tariffs

August 20, 2018

A group of Dickson County manufacturers sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to rescind the tariffs on imported steel, which they say have impaired their ability to compete with foreign companies... FULL STORY

THE HILL: Kudlow warns WTO won't determine US policy as summit nears

July 9, 2018

The president’s top economic adviser on Wednesday implied that the U.S. may not abide by any rulings from the World Trade Organization (WTO), a tough signal ahead of a Group of Seven summit this weekend where Trump is expected to face a backlash from allied leaders over his protectionist trade agenda... FULL STORY

WASHINGTON POST: The U.S.-China trade war has begun. Here's how things got to this point.

July 6, 2018

With all the recent hostilities, it's easy to forget that China and the United States have been top trading partners for years. In 2015, China overtook Canada as the United States' largest trading partner, boasting nearly $500 billion in total imports and exports, about 15 percent of total U.S. trade. The United States, on the other hand, has been China's top trading partner since the 1990s, overtaking Hong Kong as the largest importer of Chinese merchandise goods in 1998... FULL STORY

CENTRAL PENN BUSINESS JOURNAL: In York County, reality of tariffs sets in

July 5, 2018

In some cases, midstate businesses increase customer costs in response to retaliatory tariff. Business has been booming for Habot Steel Co. in West Manchester Township... FULL STORY

NEW YORK TIMES: Tariffs? Time for a Plan B: ‘Gobble Up Every Bit of Material That I Can’

July 5, 2018

With tariffs driving up the price of stainless steel, the precision-part manufacturer Accu-Swiss in Oakdale, Calif., came up with a plan to save money: turn off the lights but keep the machines on. “We are being hurt because of the cost increase,” said Sohel Sareshwala, the company’s owner and president. To squeeze more output from existing equipment, he is “running the machines in a lights-out operation.”... FULL STORY

CHINA DAILY: Steel business suffer from Trump's tariffs

July 4, 2018

When Bill Adler, owner of a metal stamping company in Ohio, prepared to bid on a contract to make commercial sausage stuffers for a company that wanted to replace its Chinese supplier last year, he thought he could by matching China's price... FULL STORY

NEW YORK TIMES: Trump's Taking Us From Temper Tantrum to Trade War

July 2, 2018

In one way, Donald Trump’s attack on our foreign trade partners resembles his attack on immigrants: in each case, the attack is framed as a response to evildoing that exists only in his imagination. No, there isn’t a wave of violent crime by immigrants, and MS-13 isn’t taking over American towns; no, the European Union doesn’t have “horrific” tariffs on U.S. products (the average tariff is only 3 percent)... FULL STORY

DALLAS NEWS: Texas company burdened by metal tariffs sues Trump administration

June 27, 2018

A Texas company is suing the Trump administration to overturn steep metal tariffs imposed earlier this year. Waller-based Sim-Tex, a pipeline products distributor, on Wednesday joined a California company and the American Institute for International Steel to challenge the constitutionality of the law that President Donald Trump used to pursue import levies on steel and aluminum... FULL STORY

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Harley, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas

June 26, 2018

Production of Harley-Davidson motorcycles sold in Europe will move from U.S. factories to facilities overseas, the Milwaukee-based company announced Monday, a consequence of the retaliatory tariffs the EU is imposing on American exports in an escalating trade war with the Trump administration... FULL STORY

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Trump's 'America First' trade policy interfering with his 'energy dominance agenda'

June 25, 2018

"America First" vs. "energy dominance." Those two signature initiatives of President Trump are going to war with each other, as his protectionist policies and expected intervention in competitive markets are putting up barriers to the oil and natural gas industry... FULL STORY

INFORUM: Bin, machinery makers hit by steel tariff hikes

June 19, 2018

The steel tariff threats and realities have been roiling for four or five months and are starting to come to a head in farm country, where farmers already are watching purchases carefully... FULL STORY

WALL STREET JOURNAL: No Country for American Locker Makers

June 19, 2018

Opportunity lured entrepreneur John Altstadt out of retirement and into the business of making lockers for workplaces, gyms and schools. Yet a year after becoming president of Lyon Group Holding, his company is struggling to survive as Donald Trump’s steel tariff gives his Chinese competitors an unfair advantage. Meet the law of unintended tariff consequences with arbitrary harm to the innocent... FULL STORY

WASHINGTON POST: This Ohio factory thought it could bring U.S. jobs back from China. Then Trump got involved.

June 7, 2018

Bill Adler was invited last year to bid on a contract to make commercial sausage stuffers for a company that wanted to replace its Chinese supplier. The customer had just one non­negotiable demand: Match China’s price.

 

Adler, owner of metal-parts maker Stripmatic Products, thought he could. But even as he readied his proposal, talk of President Trump’s steel tariffs sent the price of Stripmatic’s main raw material soaring... FULL STORY

ABC 5: Steel tariffs starting to take tool on manufacturers in Northeast Ohio

June 7, 2018

The cost of doing business with one commodity is creating a lot of concern in Northeast Ohio as the price of steel soars. One local manufacturer is painting a grim picture as the U.S. holds its position on imposing metal tariffs... FULL STORY

THE ECONOMIST: President Trump's tariffs have united his opponents at home and abroad

June 7, 2018

“HOW am I going to compete?” asks Sohel Sareshwala. He runs Accu-Swiss, a Californian company making customised components for the manufacture of semiconductors and cars. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium, both of which he uses as inputs, are eating into his profit margins and delaying his orders. Meanwhile, Mr Sareshwala’s competitors abroad, free of such concerns, can undercut him... FULL STORY

BLOOMBERG: Ross Backs Populist Push to Make America Great With Tariffs

May 30, 2018

President Donald Trump’s unilateral tariff measures are necessary to fix a broken global trade system and the U.S., like other nations, should focus on its own interests, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross... FULL STORY

NATIONAL REVIEW: How Trump's Steel Tariffs Could Harm National Security

May 30, 2018

Fog afflicts all wars, those over trade in particular. And no fog is thicker than that created by the age-old national-security rationale for trade restrictions, applied most recently in defense of the tariffs imposed by President Trump on March 8 (and then delayed for Canada and Mexico until June 1) on steel imports, under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962... FULL STORY

REUTERS: EU trade chief expects U.S. import caps even if no tariffs

May 29, 2018

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Tuesday she expected the United States to set a limit on steel and aluminum coming from Europe even if it decides not to impose import duties... FULL STORY

WASHINGTON POST: Trump's fluid approach to national and economic security is leaving his allies baffled

May 28, 2018

President Trump is merging his national security and trade goals in a blur of tactical improvisation that risks alienating U.S. allies and opening American businesses to costly retaliation, according to several Republican lawmakers, business executives and former U.S. officials... FULL STORY

WALL STREET JOURNAL: As Trump Talks Tough on Trade, Worries Mount Over Lack of Action

May 28, 2018

As President Donald Trump considers new tariffs on imported vehicles and pursues a deal with China to avoid a trade war, economists and business leaders see a pattern emerging in the White House’s efforts to renegotiate many trade relationships: Open aggressively, then settle for incremental concessions... FULL STORY

NEW YORK TIMES: Now Even Japan Is Pushing Back Against Trump’s Tariffs

May 18, 2018

After months of taking hits from the United States over North Korea policy and trade, Japan has decided that it will only be pushed so far, and is threatening to punch back.

On Friday, Japan notified the World Trade Organization that it was reserving the right to impose retaliatory tariffs against the United States in response to tariffs on steel and aluminum imports proposed by President Trump.

Japan has not yet filed a formal complaint with the W.T.O., but is signaling that it could impose the retaliatory measures if it does not gain tariff exemptions that it has been seeking from Washington... FULL STORY

WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. Workers Already Feel the Effects of U.S.-China Trade Tensions

May 16, 2018

The night Scott Wolfe, a U.S. Steel worker in Granite City, Ill., got his job back, he took his family out for a nice dinner for the first time in months. “It was a celebration,” said Mr. Wolfe, whose father and grandfather also worked at the plant.

Mr. Wolfe said he and other steelworkers directly benefited from the Trump administration’s March decision to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum from every country except Canada and Mexico.

“We waited a long time for tariffs,” he said. “If [Trump] hadn’t signed them, I believe I’d still be looking for a job.”... FULL STORY

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Analysts question legality of U.S. Section 232 quota deals, say challenges at WTO unlikely

May 16, 2018

While quota deals agreed to by the U.S. and other countries in exchange for immunity from Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum could run up against World Trade Organization rules, analysts say the chances of a third-party challenge are slim due to litigation costs and other uncertainties.

The U.S. has agreed in principle to quota arrangements with Argentina, Brazil, South Korea and Australia and extended immunity from the tariffs to Canada, Mexico and the European Union until June 1.

While sources say the arrangements with Brazil, Argentina and Australia are still being finalized, the U.S. has pitched the quotas in a “take it or leave it” fashion, one said -- drawing comparisons to what are known as voluntary export restraints... FULL STORY

CGTN: American manufactures face collateral damage from US tariffs

May 15, 2018

These are difficult days for a number of U.S. manufacturers who rely on steel and aluminum to make their products. The Trump administration’s recently announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have raised the price of both metals significantly. And many of those manufacturers are not happy. CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports... FULL STORY

THE HILL: Businesses vie for protection at hearing on Trump's China tariffs

May 15, 2018

American companies took turns Tuesday beseeching the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to protect them from potential tariffs on China.

 

The hearings, which will run over three days, are an opportunity for the Trade Representative to get feedback on President Trump’s plan to impose $50 billion in tariffs on China for unfair trade practices under Section 301 of the trade law... FULL STORY

CNBC: US steel suppliers and customers confront the uncertainty created by Trump's tariffs

May 11, 2018

At a service center outside Cleveland, Majestic Steel receives and processes metal from U.S. mills, then stores it in seemingly endless aisles of rolled steel. Each cylinder weighs several tons and, after the steel is shipped to customers, its final form could take the shape of a household appliance or an office building. 

 

Some customers, such as those making license plates or road signs, need the steel as soon as possible. Others, such as those making garage doors or elevators for real estate, place orders several months in advance. That has presented a predicament for Majestic CEO Todd Leebow, since the uncertainty around President Donald Trump's tariff policies makes it difficult to price steel that far in advance... FULL STORY

ASSOCIATED PRESS: How US small businesses can navigate the trade wars

May 2, 2018

The Trump administration has so far avoided a trade fight with Europe by temporarily exempting it from hefty steel and aluminum tariffs. Yet the move also extends the uncertainty weighing on small businesses that use those materials, a much broader group than you might think.

 

For example, Gary Cammack, the owner of Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center, South Dakota, is worried that he will have to raise prices on steel barbed wire that he sells to area ranchers, from $60.95 a roll to as high as $67... FULL STORY

INSIDE U.S. TRADE: Downstream groups call on Trump to enter into global talks instead of imposing steel, aluminum quotas

May 1, 2018

The American Institute for International Steel and the newly formed Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users are calling on President Trump to prioritize dialogue on steel and aluminum over Section 232 restrictions to resolve broader overcapacity issues, reiterating concerns about harm to U.S. consumers.

 

The U.S. on Monday decided to extend by one month its tariff exclusions for Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The U.S also reached agreements in principle with Australia, Argentina and Brazil, as well as a final agreement with South Korea. In all of the Section 232 negotiations, the White House said, the administration “is focused on quotas that will restrain imports, prevent transshipment, and protect the national security.”... FULL STORY

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Metal Buyers Race to Secure Supplies Ahead of Tariff Decision

April 28, 2018

Manufacturers are racing to shore up supplies of steel and aluminum, as the Trump administration considers an end to some tariff exemptions on Tuesday that could tighten supplies and push prices of both metals up further.

 

Qualtek Manufacturing Inc., a Colorado-based stamper of metal parts for medical equipment, has seen the delivery time for aluminum double to 14 weeks since the tariffs took effect in March. Chief Executive Troy Roberts said he’s also waiting twice as long and paying 35% more for stainless steel... FULL STORY

THE DAILY SIGNAL: Steel Tariffs Already Hurting Steel-Using Industries

April 27, 2018

Economists and industry leaders predicted price increases and potential jobs losses after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. What may have seemed like rhetoric is now reality.

 

The sneaky brilliance of the tariffs is that benefits are concentrated to a small, politically connected, and very vocal few, while costs for American consumers are widely dispersed... FULL STORY

GLOBAL TRADE: American Metal Manufacturers and Users: ‘Tariffs Are Taxes’

April 19, 2018
With the slogan “tariffs are taxes,” a diverse array of steel- and aluminum-using manufacturers from across the United States launched a new coalition yesterday focused on terminating the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs. The Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users represents a wide range of US manufacturing interests, from metal formers to machinists to food equipment manufacturers and more who are already seeing the damaging results from the 25-percent steel tariffs and 10-percent aluminum tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump on March 23…

INDUSTRY WEEK: Metal Manufacturers Protest Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

April 19, 2018
Under the banner “Tariffs are Taxes,” a group of manufacturers who heavily use steel and aluminum in their products launched a coalition on Wednesday opposing the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed in March by President Donald Trump. “These tariffs will do nothing to uphold their stated purpose of protecting U.S. national security,” coalition spokesperson Paul Nathanson stated in a press release. “They will instead hurt U.S. manufacturers in the near term by raising the price of the essential inputs they need to make finished products, and do long-term harm to domestic steel producers by eroding their own customer base.”…

INSIDE U.S. TRADE: As downstream metal coalition launches, analysts question Commerce claims

April 19, 2018
U.S. manufacturing groups on Wednesday launched a coalition of metal users representing more than 30,000 companies in opposition to the Section 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel imports levied by the administration last month. The “Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users” -- composed of six manufacturing associations -- teamed up with the American Institute for International Steel on Wednesday to question the Commerce Department’s determination, made in both Section 232 reports released on Feb. 16, that trade restrictions were needed to “enable U.S. steel producers to operate at an 80 percent or better average capacity utilization rate based on available capacity in 2017.”…

ASSOCIATED PRESS: US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

April 19, 2018

Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25 percent steel tariff and the 10 percent aluminum tariff…

POLITICO PRO: Manufacturers launch coalition to undo Trump steel, aluminum tariffs

April 18, 2018
Small and medium-size U.S. manufacturers hurt by President Donald Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum announced a new coalition Wednesday aimed at killing the measures. Trump's decision to impose the tariffs "really cuts us off at the knees," Troy Roberts, CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing in Colorado Springs, Colo., said at a press conference. "It goes way beyond the benefits that we got from the tax reform and the regulatory reform." Roberts is also a vice chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association, one of seven groups that have formed the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users to persuade Trump to remove the new duties…

WALL STREET JOURNAL: The National Security Tariff Ruse

March 13, 2018
Conservatives rightly criticized President Obama for stretching the law to issue executive edicts. The same scrutiny should attend the Trump Administration’s dubious use of national security and Section 232 to justify its new tariffs on steel and aluminum…

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Senate GOP Leader All But Rules Out Legislation to Undo Trump’s Tariffs

March 13, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all but ruled out advancing legislation to undo President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, saying that such an action would be unlikely to succeed…

POLITICO MORNING TRADE: Study Update: Tariffs to Cost 495,000 Jobs

March 13, 2018
The Trade Partnership, a Washington-based analytical firm, now estimates Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs will cost 495,136 jobs in the services, manufacturing and agricultural sectors, up from its earlier estimate of 179,334…

CNBC: EU could join forces with countries outside Europe to strike back against Trump’s tariffs

March 13, 2018
The European Union should unite in response to any U.S. tariffs on its steel and aluminum exports — and it could retaliate alongside nations from outside Europe, the French economy and finance minister told CNBC...

AXIOS: Trump’s tariffs risk harm to allies, cede leadership to China

March 13, 2018
President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, authorized last Thursday, will likely come with costs to the global economic and diplomatic order that exceed their domestic benefits…

CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS: Tariffs could be costly for Northeast Ohio Manufacturers

March 11, 2018
As steelmakers cheer tariffs that could encourage more domestic production, industries that use the metal are concerned about the ramifications increased raw material prices could have on their businesses…

NPR : Remembering The Impacts of Bush’s Short-Lived Steel Tariffs

March 10, 2018
President Trump isn't the first to impose steel tariffs in the U.S. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Trans-Matic Manufacturing President PJ Thompson about how his company adapted to steel tariffs in 2002…

CNBC: Trump’s tariff plan puts jobs at risk

March 9, 2018
President Donald Trump fulfilled a long-running campaign promise Thursday in levying tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products after a week of build-up to the announcement…

ASSOCIATED PRESS: US trading partners, businesses say tariffs will backfire

March 9, 2018
The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports drew warnings Friday from businesses and U.S. trading partners that the measure could backfire, provoking a trade war without resolving the problems it’s intended to address…

GLOBAL TRADE: US Industries Slam Trump Tariffs

March 9, 2018
United States industries that consume steel and aluminum harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s decision yesterday to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports…

CNN: New Day

March 8, 2018
PMA President Emeritus Bill Gaskin is interviewed for New Day on CNN…

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Welders, Axle Makers and Others Fear Soaring Costs From Trump Steel Tariffs

March 8, 2018
Small manufacturers that fashion metal into parts for makers of cars, appliances and other products fear they could be the hardest hit by new tariffs on aluminum and steel…

WORLD TRADE ONLINE: EU girds for steel and aluminum tariffs, threatens to impose safeguard measures

March 8, 2018
The European Union will impose safeguard measures on a variety of U.S. products – including steel and aluminum – to “rebalance” any economic damages the bloc suffers if the U.S. does not exclude it from Section 232 tariffs, the EU’s trade commissioner said on Wednesday…

NORTHWEST INDIANA TIMES: Steel industry, USW applaud tariffs imposed by Trump administration

March 8, 2018
The steel industry is applauding the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs of 25 percent on foreign steel, except from Canada and Mexico and potentially other U.S. allies…

PLATTS: US steel-users, lawmakers seek more tariff exclusions

March 8, 2018
While the tariffs on steel signed by US President Donald Trump on Thursday were less aggressive than the 25% blanket tax on all imports announced last week, steel users and lawmakers continue to voice concerns about the sweeping scope of the order…