Beer Institute condemns Department of Commerce's aluminum tariff recommendations

Trump Administration Recommends Stiff Penalties on Steel and Aluminum Imports

White House Holds Meeting to Discuss Aluminum and Steel Trade Actions

While there is little doubt that steel is necessary for USA military superiority, as R Street pointed out in a January policy study by Trade Policy Manager Clark Packard, only 3 percent of steel shipped domestically in 2016 was used for national security or homeland security purposes. Any exclusions granted could result in changed tariffs or quotas for the remaining products to maintain the overall effect.

Trump met with a bipartisan group of USA senators and representatives at the White House last week, signaling he would take at least some action to restrict imports of the two metals.

The president ordered the investigations of steel and aluminum in April as he implemented get-tough trade policies that were a cornerstone of economic agenda. The President may take a range of actions, or no action, based on the analysis and recommendations provided in the reports.

Some lawmakers and steel and aluminum users have urged caution in any restrictions to avoid disruptions or price spikes in the raw materials, used in everything from autos to appliances and aircraft and construction.

President Trump isn't shying away from tariffs, and that's music to the ears of domestic steel and aluminum manufacturers. "Other countries will retaliate, killing the very exports and American jobs this administration seeks to promote".

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The recommendations followed investigations into the impact on national security from imports of steel mill products and wrought and unwrought aluminum, the department said in a statement. U.S. Steel shares were recently up 10% to $43, on track for their their highest close since September 2014. "If we ever have a conflict, we don't want to be buying the steel from a country that we're fighting because somehow that doesn't work very well". China was noted as the "largest source of excess steel capacity", which in itself exceeds the total US steel-making capacity. Aluminum prices climbed almost 2% on the news.

On the other hand, tariffs could help steel and aluminum makers regain market share lost to cheaper imports from China, Russia and elsewhere. According to the latest industry data, Chinese primary aluminum capacity grew by 9 percent in 2017 while capacity in the rest of the world declined by about 0.5 percent. The tariffs and quotas would vary from country to country, with the highest ones going to aluminum from China and Russian Federation, among other countries, and the highest steel tariffs on imports from countries including Brazil, China and Russian Federation.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has scheduled a briefing with reporters today.

An aluminum quota of 86.7% of 2017 exports.

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