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Tariff exemption a sigh of relief

12 Mars 2018

The European Union's trade chief dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on auto imports, and vowed to "stand up to bullies", adding to signs that a widening trans-Atlantic rift over protectionism could escalate into an all-out trade war. Temporarily exempting Canada and Mexico from the new tariffs does not go almost far enough.

"We're negotiating right now NAFTA and we're going to hold off the tariff on those two countries to see whether or not we're able to make the deal on NAFTA", he said.

S&P Global Ratings also flagged concerns of the US' impending tariffs increasing the risk of a retaliatory action from the affected countries, which could in turn trigger a trade war. "We win big. It's easy!" If these materials cost 10 percent to 25 percent more here, foreign manufacturers would be able to create and ship these products to the US consumers for less than those made domestically. The underlying price is tied to the London Metal Exchange futures price for aluminum. It's not going to.

Despite global calls for China to reduce steel supply, production has continued to rise.

It was Beijing's latest statement on "problems in Sino-U.S. economic trade and cooperation", alluding to President Donald Trump's plan to impose heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

But the reaction was swift. Gesturing to the workers, Trump said part of the reason he's in the White House was "because of you and my message having to do with you". For example, a trade war against the European Union would make America as a whole poorer, even if the EU didn't retaliate (which it would).

That's what happens in trade wars.

"It cannot get any better", the Prime Minister said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "We will continue to engage with all levels of the American administration in the coming days so that they understand that this proposal is unacceptable". Both would concede to the Chinese an outsize role in forging new, less desirable rules of the road in the global trading system and poorly serve America's interests. Manufacturing, agriculture and coal exports are all likely targets - hurting the kinds of jobs that Trump has vowed to protect. Raising the prices of imports would allow US producers to be more competitive in our domestic market and could lead to more employment in the smelting sector.

Germany - singled out for particular criticism by Trump - accused Washington of protectionism, calling the tariffs an "affront to close partners".

"We are entering an era where trade war is starting to show its teeth", French Trade Secretary Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne told POLITICO in Brussels. Yet, he granted Canada and Mexico an exemption and kept the possibility of excluding other allies. Yes, technology accounts for a large share of job losses in manufacturing in recent decades.

Fight Back!: Most progressive movements and socialist organizations have been against free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

That is why Australia, a traditional USA ally, has been spared the tariffs. It'll destroy jobs, and it'll destroy the jobs that the president believes he was elected to grow.

Japan's trade ministry issued a statement earlier on Sunday, saying that Seko told Lighthizer that exports of steel and aluminum from Japan, which is a close ally of the U.S., would not affect United States national security. Could you clarify this point for our readers? We're just doing it with less people, and that's mostly about productivity. "NAFTA's really been a boon for us".

That would have negative consequences for American consumers and producers alike, as well as for the USA economy. This action should be seen as retaliation against the US Department of Commerce's investigation into aluminium foil late past year. "Exemptions will not address the fundamental problems tariffs will create for US vehicle and truck manufacturing".

Some countries may reportedly try to take action against the United States after the president announced 25 per cent import tariffs on steel products.

Tariff exemption a sigh of relief